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The guide to building resilience

Skillsforcare are always sharing useful guides and tools to help social care professionals in their roles. Recently they have shared their ‘Building your own resilience, health and wellbeing’ guide for anyone working in social care which gives a good overview of what resilience is and suggests strategies that can help you to recognise and cope with stress.

What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties.

“Working in social care can be hugely rewarding but can be stressful at times and the pandemic has challenged the workforce like never before. Building resilience can help adult social care staff cope better under pressure and continue to deliver high-quality care and support.”Skillsforcare

Strategies to help you recognise and cope with pressure and stress:

  • Relax
  • Manage your thoughts and emotions
  • Become more self-aware
  • Look after your physical and mental health
  • Get the right work-life balance

Ideas and guidance about how to build your own resilience:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Accurate thinking
  • Realistic optimism

Why does resilience matter?
Being resilient will help you to manage stressful situations, protect you from mental ill-health and improve your health and wellbeing. At work, this ensures that you can continue to do your job well and deliver high-quality care and support. It can also support you in your personal life.

There is also an additional guide for social care managers and leaders called ‘Greater resilience – better care’ that explains some of the ways that they can develop staff resilience. It includes examples of strategies you can implement into your organisation or service:

  • Reducing the risk of workplace stress
  • Help workers develop resilient behaviours
  • Make those behaviours the norm in your workplace

Download the full resilience guides below:

Greater resilience better care guide
Building your own resilience guide

We hope this is something you find useful and can share with your teams, peers and colleagues.

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