Many definitions of resilience centre around the 'bounce back' factor. But intuitively we may feel that resilience can also be about never being squashed or flattened, about being able to maintain effectiveness in the face of difficulties. This short and easy-to-understand book draws together some of the best literature on resilience and presents the reader with 4 broad categories in which they can increase their resilience.
Insightful and helpful, this guide is engaging and conversational, making it easy reading for anyone that is looking to become more resilient.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO).
Many people struggle to overcome the challenges of modern life in order to make their wellbeing a priority.
You may feel like you have no interests outside of work. Or you may feel really stale. I want you to know that you’re not alone in feeling any of these things. And all of these are symptoms that say you need to take care of yourself and positively look at ways to enhance your wellbeing.
This short guide covers:
What is overwhelm?
It’s the feeling that there is too much to do, that your resources are not equal to the demands being placed upon them. Your individual symptoms may differ, but they could include fatigue, confusion, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, feeling mentally slower and reduced ability to do both simple and difficult tasks. If it becomes too much, our worsening ability to make good decisions can put us into a downward spiral of putting ourselves in even worse situations, with even less ability to make good decisions to reduce overwhelm.
Sometimes you're not going to have the capacity to look to reduce your overwhelm in a long-term way. So head straight to the short-term section, print out the check list and use it whenever you need to fend off overwhelm and stress in the moment.
When you have a bit more capacity, go to the medium-term section. Look at planning, organising and prioritising your week more productively to cut down the things that regularly cause you overwhelm.
When you have more time to think long-term, head to the last section where you can investigate your overwhelm in more depth.