The skills that help us move forward are:
• Catching that unhelpful, initial reaction.
• Putting on the brakes and stopping that chain of unhelpful self talk.
• Create thinking time. Be a detective. Examine what is really going on.
• Being flexible and creative in your thinking. Challenging negative thinking. Substitute more reasonable thinking.
Looking After Ourselves
Taking your health and wellbeing into your own hands helps build resilience.
Accepting who you are
Our beliefs, background, culture, religion, and sexuality make us who we are. Everyone is entitled to respect.
Talking about it
Most people feel overwhelmed by their problems sometimes. It can help to share your feelings.
Keeping in touch with friends and family
You don’t have to be strong and struggle on alone. Friends and family are important, especially at difficult times. Keep in touch.
Meeting new people and getting involved in things can make all the difference for you.
Regular exercise really helps if you’re feeling depressed or anxious. It can give you more energy too.
Learning new skills
Learning a new skill can increase your confidence whether it’s for pleasure, to make new friends or improve your chances of a job.
Doing something creative
Creative things can help if you are anxious or low and increase your confidence..
Try and make time for yourself. Fit things into your day that help you unwind - reading, listening to music, prayer or meditation - whatever you enjoy or find relaxing.
Asking for help
Everyone needs help from time to time.
It’s ok to ask for help.
When times are difficult, it is sometimes all we can do to survive. Take one day at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself. Take time out if you need it.