How you can invest in your mental health by developing your emotional resilience skills.
Mental wealth and resilience
The reality is we all face the challenges that life brings and depending how well we are equipped to face those challenges is dependent on our mental wealth. Like all other assets they need investment and management. We go through life learning new techniques such as walking, talking, and riding a bike. Unfortunately though, as we grow and adapt to new challenges one of the most important techniques is overlooked, and that is how to look after our own overall wellbeing. One of the best ways of improving our mental wealth is by improving your emotional resilience skills.
Emotional resilience workshops
Often university can be the first time we face challenges without our normal support network. This, overlaid with our commitment to study, can sometimes become difficult for some of us. Therefore, we recommend attending one of the workshops listed below as they provide advice, tips and techniques for developing your emotional resilience, which you can benefit from both during your time at university and after your graduate.
You can find all the emotional resilience workshops through InfoHub. Please note you will have to log into Infohub to book your place on a workshop.
This short animation outlines the workshops and what you can expect if you attend.
There are more short animations available which explore topics such as panic attacks and anxiety, which you may find useful.
Loss of control
Whenever we have a crisis loss of control is never far away. The brain remembers previous difficulties encountered in your life and bridges them thinking your new problem is like your old memory and triggers an associated response. This is normally an uncomfortable fight or flight response, making you feel anxious and vulnerable. When this happens ask yourself “What am I losing control of ?” If you can do this, it will allow you to focus on your problem and slowly look at its origins and cause. This can lead to you regaining control and give you space to get control back.
Many of us suffer from panic attacks and they often follow that feeling of loss of control or a significant trigger. They can be very frightening to those experiencing them and to those around them. The main things to remember when having one is acknowledge that your body thinks you are in danger and is responding physically to that. Try not to fight it but allow it to run its course. If you are not in immediate danger remember you are experiencing the discomfort of your body preparing you for danger and you are not in real danger. “Discomfort Not Danger”. Regular and deep belly breathing is very important. Also remember this panic attack will end, they always do.
Follow the five steps of AWARE to help yourself and your friends if they have a panic attack:
- Acknowledge and Accept
- Wait and Watch (and maybe, Work)
- Actions (to make myself more comfortable)
The Wellbeing Service has developed a number of self-help resources on various topics commonly discussed in counselling. Please refer to these self-help resources for additional information and advice.
You can also download the SAM anxiety app.
Emotional resilience in the news
View media coverage of UWE Bristol's Wellbeing Service.