Resilience - how to build on your inner strength

The dictionary definition of resilience is ‘the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’.

It’s an easy sentence to read, but sometimes major life events can feel too hard to quickly ‘recover’ from. This article has a selection of hints and tips and a variety of sources of information suggesting ways to help you build a ‘resilient mindset’ and give you the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties.

It only takes a moment for your life to become a maelstrom of emotion if you’ve had unexpected shock news or maybe news you were half expecting, but hoped wasn’t going to be as bad as it was. This is where building a ‘resilient mindset’ can help you deal with the outcome. It’s at times like this that focussing on what is in your control rather than dwelling on what is outside of your control will help you deal with the matter in hand on a practical level rather than an emotional/irrational level.

How can Bupa and Eduhealth help you?

When those ‘energy draining’ moments come as a result of a medical diagnosis, please don’t forget to draw on the knowledge that with Eduhealth your private healthcare is not just about your policy and being treated in hospital; you also have the invaluable benefit of the Eduhealth and Bupa teams working collaboratively to support you whether you have a seemingly simple question or a major medical emergency.

You have the extra reassurance and benefit that as part of your Bupa healthcare cover there are specialist medical teams on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; at any time if you need to speak to a doctor/nurse or mental health professional you can call them through the new Bupa Blua Health App.  

Even when you are battling with shock news that is nonhealth related, your Bupa healthcare plan can still be of benefit to you. Bupa’s mental health specialists are available to help you work through your current situation. It is always better talking with a qualified person rather than going over and over the same thoughts in your own head, where you can’t see the wood for the trees.

The charity Mind say that if you're going through a stressful period remember to be kind to yourself. They have some great tips on how to look after your wellbeing here

There are also many health related articles on the Bupa website including this one with 8 tips to help you build resilience.

Building resilience using science based activities

If you’re wondering how you can build resilience, this article has 17 science based resilience building activities which are based on studies and ideas from around the world. These standalone activities are intended to be the starting phase of your journey to building resilience. Start with any of the thought provoking, practical suggestions that resonates with you; the activities are not tick box exercises they are designed for you to think and take action,

Prefer to listen to improve your knowledge?

On Liz Earle’s Wellbeing Podcast she talks with Dr Sam Akbar about managing stress and building resilience. In this episode Dr Sam Akbar explains how being more open with emotions can help you to become resilient to stress, rather than pushing feelings to one side.

You can listen to the episode on apple podcast here

or on Spotify here

On the Wellbeing Podcast from Dr Rani Bora and Liz Scott they talk about resilience, not as something to acquire from the outside by trying hard but something that is innate and ever-present in each of us. Take a listen on Apple Podcasts here

And on Spotify here

How can Eduhealth help you?

Here at Eduhealth we want to alleviate stress wherever we can. To this end we offer you assistance in understanding your health cover, help with the claims process when needed and plain English language for what can be complicated terminology.

Our friendly team are at the other end of the phone or via email, so please do make contact and we will do our utmost to help you.

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