Mental Wellbeing at Work: The 6 Rs of Resilience
According to a recent stress report of UK workforce, 4 in 5 people* believe stress has now become a ‘way of life’.
The issue of work-related stress is now a priority for many businesses, with professionals across a wide range of industry sectors looking at ways to address the problem.
What is stress?
We use the word ‘stress’ so often, but do we really know the true meaning of it?
Stress is a feeling of strain or pressure. While we commonly think of stress as too much mental or emotional pressure, physiological or physical stress is also important. Stress can affect how you feel, think and behave as well as how your body works, because your mind and body are constantly interacting.
Resilience and Wellbeing
Personal and team resilience is an important part of managing a stressful situation.
Stress is an inevitable part of life but how we deal with it can make a lot of difference. We are all unique, so situations that can trigger stress in one person can affect another person differently.
It is important we understand:
- what causes us stress at work, at home and in our social life?
- how that stress affects us – physically and mentally?
- how we can help ourselves – by recognising what’s happening and avoiding the cause if possible.
Resilience is the process of adapting well to adversity, trauma and stressful situations and crises. It is the ability to ‘bounce back’ and being resilient can improve one’s ability to cope.
The 6 Rs of Resilience
The 6 Rs of resilience can prepare you so you are better able to bounce back when faced with a difficult situation.
Take personal responsibility for our own mental health, wellbeing and resilience. The company you work for may have a duty of care for you, your family and friends care about you, but the person who has to live with you for the rest of your life is you. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it is sensible.
Reflecting on how you are, what is happening and how you are feeling about things.
Relaxing in a way that suits you e.g. jogging, reading a book, mindfulness practice.
Building supportive relationships with friends, family or a partner. Know who to turn to when times are difficult.
Eating a healthy diet, being conscious of alcohol intake.
Taking regular exercise and having fun.
Download our 6 Rs of Resilience poster and display it in your workplace.
How our mental wellbeing and resilience courses can help
The law requires employers to tackle work-related stress**. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines these six core standards for managing mental health at work. Our courses are directly relevant to and reflect these recommended standards.
Our mental wellbeing and resilience courses are designed to build both team and individual resilience and to help staff members return to and maintain a state of positive mental wellbeing.
By taking a positive approach to mental wellbeing in the workplace, your organisation can benefit from:
- more engaged and motivated staff
- reduction in absence
- increased productivity and staff retention
- improved professional reputation
- more satisfied customers.
Make a positive difference in your workplace
Find out about how our six short, interactive, mental wellbeing and resilience courses could benefit your team by enquiring below or calling 0845 287 6144.
Did you know?
Our one day ‘leading a resilient team’ course, is now running at our Moorgate (Central London) and Salford venues from June to December.
This course is for leaders, people managers and individuals who may be responsible for dealing with challenging situations in the workplace. This course will help leaders gain an awareness of mental health problems and develop skills for leading a resilient team.
*2018 Cascade stress report