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10th August 2021

Let’s All Learn Resilience!

Hey, my name is Jack, and I am the Communications Trainee at Bounce Forward. During my first 3 months with Bounce Forward I have been building local intelligence to inform our communications. In this blog I wanted to share why resilience is key to improving mental health.

What have I learnt so far

Bounce Forward supports children, young people, and the adults around them to build resilience.

At Bounce Forward we refer to resilience as a set of skills and competencies that build our ability to overcome setbacks and challenges and make the most of opportunities. I like to compare this to an object that has the correct properties to be able to spring back into its natural shape, after exposure to stimuli.

In life I find we all face stimuli that can affect our mental wellbeing both negatively and positively. It’s how we deal with the stimuli that matters. My experience is that we can’t deflect every emotion we face. However by learning resilience we can be better equipped to deal with our feelings. We can spring back to shape – to a more relaxed mental state faster than before.

Why I think resilience matters

In the world’s current state, we are dealing with a global pandemic. It has been not only a serious threat to our physical health, but extremely detrimental to our mental health too. Social distancing and self-isolation have meant we have spent time away from our friends and family, which has left some of us feeling alone. Students have joined secondary schools in class bubbles and have been separated from the other students. These circumstances are unfortunate and unsettling, and having the mental capacity to deal with it, is tough.  

Recently I took part in the Teach Resilience training to develop my understanding about how to build resilience. The training challenged me to reconsider my beliefs and to break down the causes for my stress and anxiety. This has helped me identify my own misconceptions and to prevent catastrophising, particularly useful mid pandemic! Being more self-aware, has led to me to be more rational and realistic with my thinking. This gives me a reassuring sense of control.

Reflections

At 23, I have only recently left education. I look back and reflect that at no point throughout my journey at school or university, was there ever a lesson that confronted mental health or educated me on how to deal with grief, anxiety, or sadness. This is just not good enough. 

To summarise, I feel that resilience is something we should all learn in life. It’s essential for us to understand we all have difficult days and moments, but it is vital that we do not let them define us. We can certainly master our mental health; we just need the right skills to do so.  

I’d really love feedback on my first blog, so if anything I have said resonates with you, please get in touch.

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