Skylight Trust - A great resource!
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Resilience Tips and Exercises
Strengths: Think of two strengths you have which help you with change e.g. patience, knowing the facts. It may help to think of a difficult time which you thought you wouldn't get through, but you did. What helped you?
Control: We may not think we have much control at the moment but you might be surprised. On a sheet of paper draw a big circle. Then leaving enough space to write, draw a smaller inner circle. In the outer circle, write the things you can't control e.g.) Covid -19, weather, children, news, then on the inner circle write what you can control e.g.) washing hands, staying home, having kid's activities, getting fresh air, limiting your news intake..
Remember Isolation not isolated; Distance not distant; Rahui - an agreed time for healing.
A Resilience Exercise
Ruminating -vs- Responding: Our minds can take us down upsetting routes. Spending too long thinking about something which has a negative effect on our spirit and wellbeing is ruminating. Here's an acronym to help.
S T O P
S = stop, just stop for a moment
T = take a breath. If you concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes, it helps distract your brain from ruminating
O = observe what's happening. Is ruminating giving you a pain in your head or stiff shoulders? Relax those parts of your body which are feeling tight
P = put it into perspective. Are you safe this moment? Do you have the basics? Have you survived so far?
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