3 Tools To Help Resilience
Posted by Adam Meads
As a wellbeing brand, with lots of amazing experts, we put together some wellbeing advice for the brilliant people in the NHS, to help them the best way we can, during this time. So we thought we’d share it with you too.
Dr Frances Dodd, an Occupational Psychologist, specialises in workplace resilience and wellbeing, with over 10 years’ experience working with the NHS. She is currently volunteering within NHS Trusts and shares three tools and techniques that many have found to be beneficial.
1.Circle of control - reflect on how you can divide and separate the areas of your life into a) things you can control b) areas you can influence and c) those that are beyond your control. It's then letting go of those areas you can't control - it's tough, but helps with building resilience. Instead, focus on the areas you can control or influence, such as your self-care, your sleep, your relationships - with colleagues, friends and family etc.
2.The benefit of hindsight - if you looked back at this episode in your life in say, 6 months’ time, how would you like to have acted and responded? Is there anything else you would currently change, so you can look back and feel proud of your actions? This can help with building your day to day resilience, by knowing you are currently doing your best.
3.Recharging your batteries - self-care is often the last thing, particularly those in healthcare, have time to think about. Yet, like an oxygen mask on a flight, you should put your mask on first, before helping others. The same is true with self care. In these incredibly tough and difficult times, be kind to yourself. You need, and deserve that long bath, to connect with friends, to read a good book or just to light a candle and… relax.