Feeding your resilience

Issue date: 10 October 2018

For World Mental Health Day 2018, we caught up with Ian Hope and Pippa Richards, who run Resilient U - an initiative here at UWE Bristol that's all about teaching you how to empower yourself to be successful - because being resilient will help not only here, but in your future. They run sessions that you can book yourself on to via Infohub.

Feeding your resilience

So, here you are, YES YOU! The one reading this and wondering what it is all about, this resilience stuff, and probably thinking "feeding my WHAT!?"

Have you just started uni, moved into another year or not doing too well? Resilience can help with all these issues and MORE! Challenges can come at any time throughout your time at UWE Bristol, so why not develop your resilience for when they do?

So, what are the challenges are you facing. How are you managing them? Pretty good: good; not so bad: could be better: not so well or not well at all and struggling Ok now back to the thought, "feeding my WHAT!?"

Firstly, what is resilience? Put simply, resilience is the ability to bounce back and positively manage challenges and adversity that you encounter throughout your life. Developing resilience enables you to develop your determination to get through the tough times, overcome the challenges and manage stressful events. Resilience serves to support your mental/emotional wellbeing rather than undermine it.

Being resilient is dependent upon (and very much influenced by) your life experiences - and it's your life experiences that really do shape the person you've become. What's important to understand is that resilience isn't a set state, it can be developed so you're better able to manage the challenges that you'll encounter as you move through your life. It's a learning process that does require personal investment - and regular application - to bring positive rewards. Studies clearly highlight that the more developed your personal resilience, the more content you are and the more likely you are to be healthier, more successful, more happier and are less likely to experience mental ill health.

We all have resilience and we have many different ways of being resilient - of course, this varies depending on your personal situation. You may find that you are resilient in one situation but not so much in others. You'll find that you're more resilient on some days, but other days... Regardless, what is certain is that you can continually build and develop your resilience.

How do you 'feed' your resilience?

Here at UWE Bristol we run Resilient U workshops which are the first steps for you to develop the skills you might need later (or could have used, that time when you got proper angry for no reason).

The workshops are based on the three steps of Resilience:

  • Self-Empowerment: When times get tough, try to manage/fix it yourself, or get yourself into an emotional state where you can talk to others who you trust to get support/help

  • Support: even if you think you've dealt with it yourself, it's good to talk to others to help calm you down, distract you, help fix it or talk about it

  • Learning From It: once you dealt with the issue, learn from it so it doesn't happen again, or you get better at dealing with it

To save your space, book into one of the Resilient U sessions happening at Frenchay, Glenside and Bower.

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