ABC guide to personal resilience

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Personal resilience is the way we cope with challenging and difficult situations in order to overcome them. Simply put, it’s how we personally recover from stress. The good news is that we can become more resilient, even in the most stressful and unpredictable times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ABC guide is a simple set of ideas for maintaining and enhancing your personal resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. It stands for:

  • Accept and Act
  • Body and Brain
  • Connection and Community.

Our NHS People have written a guide for their staff to help them understand the ABC method, and how to use it in their role. It is broken up into multiple short sections explaining each of the steps in more detail, and offers practical ways for you to introduce it into your working life.

You can choose to make an account on the Our NHS People site, even if you do not work for the NHS. This allows you to track your progress through this guide and many others, and lets you return to the place you left off if you have to stop part way through a section. Click here to create an account or log in. However, you do not need to make an account to access it if you’d prefer not to.

To see the full list of guides available from Our NHS People, click here.

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