Mental Health and Wellbeing – Resilience
Looking after your wellbeing and becoming more resilient can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. It can help you feel better and better able to cope with the challenges of the current situation.
Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but about being able to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances. It can help you to manage stressful situations, protect you from mental ill-health and improve your health and wellbeing. Resilience is something we are all able to improve.
If you have a lot on it can seem hard to find some time to focus on ‘you’ but it can help you feel more positive and better able to cope with day-to-day pressure and stressful situations. Things that can help:
- Find time to relax; whatever works for you; having a bath, listening to music or walking the dog. Visit the Relaxation page on Mind’s website for more ideas.
- Make time for friends. Chatting to a friend and sharing your worries and concerns can help keep things in perspective and laughing together is good medicine! It produces hormones that help you relax and make you feel better.
- Develop your interests and hobbies. Doing something different is a great way to focus on other things and away from pressures and stress of life and shared hobbies can be a good way to meet new people.
- Find balance in your life. You may find that one part of your life, such as caring for others takes up much of your time and energy. Deciding to focus some of your time and energy on other things like time for friends, hobbies or relaxation can be difficult but can really help. It can make pressures and challenges in your life feel more bearable.
Looking after your physical health
- Eat healthily – it can make a big difference to how well you feel. You can find out more at Food and Mood.
- Stop smoking – It is a common belief that smoking helps you relax. But smoking actually increases anxiety and tension.
- Be active and move more – it can make a big difference to how you feel – even making small changes such as going for a regular walk outside may help you to feel less stressed.
- Get enough sleep – Getting enough sleep can help you feel more able to deal with difficult situations.
Looking after your mental health
- Be kind to yourself. Learning to be kinder to yourself in general can help you control the amount of pressure you feel in different situations, which can help you feel less stressed.
- Resolve conflicts, if you can. Although this can sometimes be hard, speaking to a manager, colleague or family member about problems in your relationship with them can help you find ways to move forward.
- Forgive yourself when you feel you have made a mistake, or don’t achieve something you hoped for. Try to remember that nobody’s perfect and putting extra pressure on yourself does not help.
- Talk to those close to you and don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Remember that whatever you’re going through that’s causing you stress, you don’t have to cope with it alone. Telling friends, family or those close about how you’re feeling can make a big difference and they might be able to help you out in other ways too.
- Talk to your manager or colleagues if you are working – try not to worry that talking about stress will be seen as a sign of weakness – your wellbeing is important and responsible employers will take it seriously. If you’re worried that you might not get the support you need Time to Change’s resources on stress, depression and mental health support at work might be helpful.
What to do if you need urgent mental health help
- CWP – 24/7 Mental Health Phone Line – Telephone: 0300 303 3972
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse or deteriorates, this can be called a ‘mental health crisis’. In this situation, it is important to get help quickly. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.
- Visit: CWP
- Kind to your Mind
- For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk.
- Every Mind Matters: Stress
- Live Well: Advice about health and wellbeing
- MIND: Mental Health Support
- Mind – online mental health
- Every Mind Matters: Top tips to improve your mental wellbeing
- Cheshire West Carer Support (Carer’s Helpline: 9am – 5pm on 0300 102 0008)
For more info Further information, support and services visit the Live Well Cheshire West website.