Personal Resilience

Personal Resilience

Resilience training is a way to future-proof your wellbeing and help maintain it in unfavourable conditions. The positive news is that resilience is a learnable skill not just something we’re born with (or not). It’s an everyday rather than an extraordinary ability and there are many routes to it, which is why it is sometimes referred to as ‘ordinary magic’. Tough times will test your resilience but can also strengthen it so that you’re better equipped for the future.

Positive psychology is known as the science of resilience, adding to the body of knowledge on the three dimensions of resilience.

  • Recovery: Bouncing back after an adversity. This includes recovering from illness or injury or regaining confidence after losing it.
  • Resistance: The inner strength to cope or bounce with challenging times (adaptive resilience).
  • Reconfiguration: Bouncing forward after an adversity with new skills (transformational resilience).

Resilience training can help you find a better way forward. Whatever you face there’s always different ways that something can go. Our courses and coaching for personal resilience and resilience at work will equip you with practical tools to develop all three types of resilience so that you can keep going during stressful times, get back to where you were before and benefit from the silver lining in adversity – post-traumatic growth. This can be summed up as what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. We offer sessions in resilience, half-day courses and full-day courses.

Half-day Resilience: Resilience First Aid is a practical workshop in personal resilience skills, which was developed originally for frontline healthcare workers and can be tailored to suit any purpose, delivered face-to-face or online. It will give you an understanding of resilience and a range of tools.

  • Exploring the 3 dimensions of resilience
  • Coping with stress
  • Emotion-focused coping inc Emotional First Aid
  • Problem-focused coping
  • Mapping resilience factors
  • Body-mind practices to calm
  • The SSRI self-help toolkit (Strategies, Strengths, Resources, Insights)
  • Grit and the Growth Mindset
  • Self-compassion
  • Action planning.

During the corona crisis we are making the workbook from the workshop available to download for free.

“A key reason for running Resilience training was to boost the resilience of staff on a sustained basis through significantly challenging times. Having worked with Miriam for five years, her feedback has always been of the highest standard.”

                                                                                                                                Learning and Development, North Somerset Community Partnership

  • “Amazing session. I have learnt so much about myself & my wellbeing. Thank you!” March 2020
  • “I found the training informative and it held my interest for the day” March 2020
  • “Amazing training session, will be really useful in work & personal life” December 2019
  • “Very good day & thought provoking. Thank you” November 2019
  • “I enjoyed this topic and would like to explore more” October 2019

Full-day Resilience: This course is structured around three key elements that have been shown to build resilience. It can be adapted to run as 3 x sessions or a half-day version.

1. Positivity: Experiencing positive emotions not only feels good, it does us good too. Positive emotions builds resilience by building psychological resources and undoing the effects of stress on the body.

  • Emotions and energy – managing our emotional energy.
  • The broaden and build theory of positive emotions – how they broaden our thinking & building resources.
  • Scientifically-grounded practices that generate positive emotions.

2. Strengths: Your strengths are your positive self.  They are your inner resources that strengthen your resilience and help you raise and recover your wellbeing. Pre-work for this session involves taking a brief strengths test, available for free through the VIA Institute.

  • Identifying your strengths.
  • Applying your strengths to build resilience & well-being.
  • Strengths-spotting & coaching activities.

 3. Optimism practices are at the core of many resilience programmes, halting the downwards spiral of pessimistic thinking and building motivation to move forwards.

  • Learning optimism – the 3 Ps of Optimistic Explanatory Style.
  • The ABCDE of cognitive resilience.
  • The SSRI resilience toolkit (Strengths, Strategies, Resources & Insights).

Positive Psychology Training’s resilience courses can be delivered online. Below are some comments from a recent session for West Midlands Combined Authority.

Miriam was very engaging from the beginning of the session and throughout, setting the scene and putting everyone at ease. Delivery of the session was perfect, informal and informative with a wealth of techniques provided in bitesize chunks making it easy for attendees to digest and apply. Participants got as much out of the session via webinar as they would have in person, if not more so as everyone was so involved. If the session had been delivered face-to-face to a group of the same size, I think that many people may have felt too shy to contribute. Feedback has been consistently positive since, I cannot recommend Miriam enough!  Louise Bown, Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Group Feedback  An amazing session’ ‘Thank you Miriam. All very reassuring during this current time’ ‘ ‘Really enjoyed the session and took a lot away from it’ ‘I found the session really enjoyable and interesting’ ‘I found the session really informative, I will definitely write a playlist’ ‘Found it really valuable’ ‘Thank you, some good things to try, really great session’ ‘The session was very enjoyable and valuable. I’m adding the little book of happiness to my list’  ‘Thank you so much Miriam, the session was a gift’.

Miriam Akhtar MAPP is a resilience expert and delivers resilience training and coaching to sectors ranging from medicine to the media and the military. She has ‘trained the trainers’ in the armed forces to deliver a resilience programme to senior leaders and facilitated the Penn Resilience Programme, an evidence-based course in resilience skills. Miriam’s resilience books include Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression and What Is Post-traumatic Growth.

We are fortunate to work with resilience specialist Dr Chris Johnstone, who is the author of the excellent Seven Ways to Build Resilience,