Proactive, practical application to mental training.
In our first blog series around Resilience we touched on resilience being a practice. The more you practice the better at it you become and the easier it is to apply it to your life. The definition of resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; mental toughness.
Resilience is important for several reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can also help protect us from developing mental health difficulties and issues in the future.
Undoubtedly what you are going through and the level at which it is causing pain or stress in your life will require a different level of resilience. However, imagine feeling confident in yourself and in your self-belief that no matter how tough things become, you have the skills and ability to overcome.
“Becoming resolute is the ability to withstand adversity and still see positive outcomes” - BRENE BROWN
When it comes to practicing resilience the key is don’t wait till you are stressed or experiencing difficulty to embrace it as part of your life. As Gareth mentioned in his key practical tips in our first blog series, focussing on the key areas of Sleep, Positive Psychology, Influences and Boundaries along with Movement and Fitness are the foundation blocks for building resilience.
Once you work on these areas and put good practices into place you can move into the space of mental skills and application of resilience. This is where the duley aptly named B.O.U.N.C.E technique comes into play. Use the B.O.U.N.C.E tool to identify where your blind spots are in how you operate.
How prepared are you to B.O.U.N.C.E back?
B. Belief - How much control do you believe you have over your life?
O. Optimism - How optimistic are you as a person?
U. Understanding - How well do you understand your strengths, value, motivation?
N. Networks - How effective are your support networks?
C. Contribution - How would you rate your contribution to helping others?
E. Energy - How good are you at maintaining your energy levels?
Perhaps read through the above list and ask yourself the following questions, providing a honest answer to them. In the next blog series we will run through each of these areas and questions in more detail breaking them down and how they apply to you.
Click Here , This is a great 8min listen or watch around Resilience and working to drive your thoughts more towards the positive things in your life. It focuses around your brain when it comes to resilience. You need to re-write this sentence - do you mean it focusses on how your brain works when it comes to resilience ? It flows through into utilising the B.O.U.N.C.E technique and adopting an optimistic mindset.
The American Psychological Association talks about the concept of bouncing back as well as moving into a space of personal growth which we will touch on in the next blog series.
As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from difficult experiences, it can also include profound personal growth.
While challenging events much like rough river waters, are certainly painful and difficult, they don’t have to determine the outcome of your life. There are many aspects of your life you can control, modify, and grow with. That’s the role of resilience. Becoming more resilient not only helps you get through difficult circumstances, it also empowers you to grow and even improve your life along the way.
Look forward to taking a deeper dive into the B.O.U.N.C.E technique and mental resilience skills in our next blog series.
Here’s to withstanding the tide.
Yours in health, Team Edison.