When building resilience, we encourage people to see change and transition as two different things. The difference is subtle but important. Change is external whereas transition is internal. It’s how we think about change, engage and respond to it. Having the skills to adapt means transitioning is the holy grail of successful change.
“Men must never show emotion” and “failure is a sign of weakness”. These types of unhelpful beliefs can get in the way of our relationships and taking action when it comes to our health. It can cause us to take a few more risks with our health that in hindsight may seem unwise!
In today’s ever-changing world where we are expected to do more with less and be everything to everyone, we need to put proactive measures in place to prevent poor mental health and promote wellbeing by giving people the skills and resources to better manage their own mental health and thrive.
It’s hard for anyone to give 100% if you are spending some of your energy trying to be something you are not. Unfortunately, many of us are trying to fit into a view of what we should be at work. Read how to cultivate an environment of respect and psychological safety so people can be themselves.
Taking a whole school approach means we can introduce a core set of skills to proactively manage mental health and reduce the social and emotional barriers to learning, together. There is so much power in introducing a common language in which our school community are better able to talk about their challenges and their emotions without feeling vulnerable. So many young people today have low aspirations and opinions of their learning capacity and motivation and resilience is reaching chronic levels.