4.2 Renewing and developing personal resources
It can be difficult to find the energy to look at developing your well-being, physical health and finances. However, hopefully this week you’ve experienced that small 20-minute bursts can make a positive impact on what there is to do, and on what you feel is possible.
Activity _unit6.4.2 Activity 6 Enhancing and renewing your resilience
Now take 15 minutes to reflect more generally on what supports resilience and identify some action points to take.
|Physical||Rarely||Most of the time||Always|
|I eat a healthy diet|
|I exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week|
|I get 7–8 hours’ sleep at night|
|I take steps to maintain a healthy weight|
|I have at least two alcohol-free days each week|
|Well-being||Rarely||Most of the time||Always|
|When I experience setbacks at work I am able to recover my positive outlook quickly|
|I feel relaxed and in control despite the pressures at work|
|I am aware of my emotions and the emotions of others|
|I am optimistic and forward thinking, rather than negative and blaming|
|I can step back and keep things in perspective even under pressure|
|I focus well and shut out distractions at work|
|I set priorities and manage my time well|
|I am secure and confident|
|Financial resources||Rarely||Most of the time||Always|
|I actively keep track of my income and outgoings|
|I spend less than I earn and make regular savings|
|I have an ‘emergency’ fund of at least three months’ expenses set aside|
|I contribute to a pension fund|
|Renewal||Rarely||Most of the time||Always|
|I create clear boundaries between work and home|
|I am able to leave work behind at the end of the day|
|I take a break every 90 minutes to 2 hours at work|
|I create time in my life for activities that I find enjoyable and satisfying|
It can be worth bearing in mind that strengths in one area can cushion weaker areas. For example, your finances might be uncertain, but because you have strong family relationships you know others would help out in an emergency.
Making small changes to your behaviour and habits can bring immense rewards.