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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Guest blogger: Dave Bertin - CHSS Voices Scotland Lead
August 20, 2018
The concept of resilience has gained attention recently. Sadly because it seems that more people are often feeling stressed and worn out. When we are worn out, we are less able to cope with what life throws at us, so building resilience is one approach we can use. This month’s guest blogger, CHSS Voices Scotland Lead, Dave Bertin, explains what resilience is and steps you can take to become more resilient.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to deal with the emotional demands of life – without feeling overwhelmed by them. It doesn’t mean we become immune to them – simply that we can handle them. Part of the skill of resilience is the ability to accept that work and life will throw things at us, put obstacles in front of us and that, sometimes, people around us will not do what we hope they would.
If we approach life as a smooth and predictable pathway then any issue or challenge that arises will derail and upset us. Whereas if we can foresee and prepare (to some extent) for these challenges, we can be ready with our package of skills and approaches to see us through to the other side.
It is not about being negative and always expecting bad news. It is about knowing that, from time to time, stuff happens, and being ready for it!
How to become more resilient?
Expecting the unexpected!
Sometimes we may think that those around us seem to sail through life without effort – dealing with challenges easily. That may be the case for a few but most people have just learnt ways to deal with these challenges. It is just a part of being human. Remember it is never too late to learn new habits and ditch the unhelpful ones! Expecting the unexpected is the first step to improving your resilience.
Next time we will explore the complimentary concept of emotional intelligence! Nothing to do with how many exams you passed at school – much more important!
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***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.