Personal resilience: an anchor in the unknown

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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. During times of increased stress, such as during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s especially important to take the time to focus on your own resilience to keep yourself feeling calm and maintain your mental wellbeing.

This guide, developed by the NHS Leadership Academy, offers advice on improving your resilience, including tips on managing uncertainty, remaining steady yet adaptable, and understanding ‘good enough’ solutions. While it was designed for NHS staff, it could be useful for people in any industry who deal with stressful situations in their role.

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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