Resilience? Resilience is the ability to
bounce back, know how to cope with setbacks, learn how to manage yourself and
your resources, it is also the ability to function in times of stress, recover,
adapt and change. However, do we know
what skills we need to pick ourselves back up.
Why do we need to develop resilience? Without this skill, it is easy to
give up, this could apply to any area of life, study, career or sport. One of the skills for developing resilience
is perseverance, it is defined as the continued effort to keep going. Where do we start? You can start by building your mental resilience
through enhancing your health and well-being.
steps to start with are: to improve your
physical health by eating well and exercising, develop your sleeping habits,
incorporate meditation through mindfulness, celebrate your successes and
achievements. This is fine when
everything is going well, but what about when something comes along to throw us
off course? Compare this to a gymnast
balancing on a beam, how many times do they wobble and fall? It is only with determination
through getting back on the beam, pushing through with persistence will they
achieve their objectives and advance to perform a complex routine.
This excellent seminar I attended enabled me to explore and gain more knowledge in the fields of ‘Guidance and Resilience’. Key speakers delivered lectures in the role of guidance in building resilience and promoting coping skills from an array of topics. Delegates from across Europe came together to discuss and share good practice as well as enhance their own professional development. What is Resilience? Resilience is the ability to bounce back, know how to cope with setbacks, how to manage yourself and your resources. What skills do we need to pick ourselves up? One of the skills for developing resilience is perseverance, this is defined as the continued effort to do or achieve something despite failures or difficulties.
Resilient people are able to control a situation and tackle problems, however this depends on your motivation and how much you are willing to do to overcome these obstacles. Some simple steps to start with are: to get control of your emotions, your reaction to the situation and find out what is causing the problem, learn to keep growing, stay strong and reward yourself for your achievements.
Participants competing in long endurance events such as the Marathon has steadily risen over the years. Data taken of both demographic and socio-economic groups from various studies has seen a rise in running becoming a popular sport.
The Marathon runner embarks on this challenge for many reasons and they must adapt their lifestyle and training far beyond the recreational exerciser to include high levels of demanding physiological and psychological adaptations to push beyond their current capabilities. Furthermore, the rewards and positive benefits of this training will outweigh the negatives of marathon running.
The London Marathon is my third marathon, as a veteran runner I have improved with age, both on personal performance together with a faster post marathon recovery rate. Training for a Marathon demands a consistent, disciplined, structured routine which will manifest into other areas of the runners life to include; personal goal achievement, better life management, psychological and emotional strategies for coping and better vitality and health.
The route continued to Palas De Rei. After leaving Portomarin, crossing the River Mino we continued uphill steadily through woodland, the rain continued and got heavier and heavier. Continuing through small hamlets, passing the Hospital de la Cruz. Arriving at Vendas de Naron to get a ‘pilgrim stamp’ the old Romanesque Chapel, then continuing along the paved path, arriving at Sierra de Ligonde which offered fantastic views over the valleys. Particular parts of the route were isolated and quiet, apart from a rather large dog. The fog was dense and we were soaked through.
Approaching A Calzada the weather was so bad, we took shelter under a tree. There were other walkers, one an Australian man, we had met further back in other towns. After discussing the weather, our blisters, stories of one walker getting frostbite back in the Pyrenees, our conversation compared the weather to life and the Camino, there are good and bad times, but we must press forwards.
The Camino de Santiago builds resilience, both emotionally and physically, it enables us to develop a positive mind and can-do-attitude. We can integrate resilience into our lives on a daily basis, by being more active, getting more sleep and eating well, forgiving ourselves and resolving conflict. These small steps can help us improve our mental health and to face everyday challenges.