COVID-19: Resilience top tips from Ben

When there are changes, or anticipated changes, it can be unsettling. This can affect our mental health, physical health and sense of wellbeing. Building resilience is essential to help us not only cope with change but bounce back quicker.

The good news is that we can develop our resilience skills (bouncebackability). Here are some tips to help you build up your resilience:

Look after your physical health
Make healthy lifestyle changes – introduce a walk into your daily routine, taking up running or take part in virtual exercise classes at home.
Looking after your physical health and also improve your mental health.

Have good quality relationships and social support
Think quality over quantity, focusing on building real connections with a couple of people you really value. Knowing that you have support there when you need it is not only a comfort, but you can also draw upon that support when times are tough.

Knowing that you have support there when you need it is not only a comfort, but you can also draw upon that support when times are tough.

Set goals
Setting stretching, yet realistic, goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated. No matter what you’re looking to achieve, think about your goal and set bite-size targets so you can track your progress along the way.
This is a great way to build your confidence too.

Develop problem-solving skills
It is a great opportunity at the moment to develop your problem solving skills – start with something small and think about:

  • What is the problem/issue that you have?
  • What are the possible options to manage the problem/issue?
  • Who can you draw upon for support to help you with this?
  • Weigh up your options and decide what action you’re going to take
  • Practising problem-solving means you will have the skills and confidence to tackle new challenges as they come along.Take time to get to know yourself
    Spend some time getting to know yourself by thinking about:
  • What’s important to you?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What are you good at? Then write a list of these.
  • What could you improve on?

At the moment, across the automotive industry, we are clearly facing challenging times. This is a great opportunity for us to build our personal resilience to help us through the future.

Taking the time to get to know yourself, your values and strengths will improve your confidence and assertiveness

For ideas on how to develop your skills in these areas and build your resilience, watch the video or read our tips.

If you’re struggling don’t forget that you chat with Ben online or call the helpline on 08081 311 333. Ben’s helpline team can also help you to access their digital support programmes to help you with resilience, stress, anxiety, depression, money worries and sleep.

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