Achieve better mental resilience

With these 12 topics and tools

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At adbra, our research to improve mental resilience all centres around 12 topics. These topics sit in 3 overarching themes:

  • SELF: Ways to implement healthy habits, self-care and self-kindness into your routine.

  • CONNECTION: Ways to develop better relationships with others

  • PURPOSE: Ways to live your life more consciously and authentically.

In this article we’re going to look at why each of the themes and 12 topics can improve your mental resilience and well-being.

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Here we're going to cover the mental resilience benefits of:

  • Sleep

  • Alone time

  • Meditation & mindfulness

  • Self-kindness

  • Healthy eating

  • Exercise

Sleep

 

Sleep is the best meditation: Dalai Lama

 

It’s taken society a while to accept the importance of a good night’s sleep but when Mathew Walker published Why We Sleep, it all became clearer.

 

When it comes to mental health it’s the cornerstone of recharging our body and mind to give us the best chance of enjoying the time we’re awake. The Mental Health Foundation has created a report all about why sleep matters.

 

“Primarily, sleep is for the brain, allowing it to recover and regenerate. During our sleep, the brain can process information, consolidate memory, and enable us to learn and function effectively during daytime.

 

Sleep affects our ability to use language, sustain attention, understand what we are reading, and summarise what we are hearing. If we compromise on our sleep, we compromise on our performance, our mood, and our interpersonal relationships. Sleep has also been shown to protect the immune system.”

 

Read more about how sleep helped co-founder Adel in his blog article and find more sleep books and resources on our sleep resource page.

Alone time

 

When it comes to the coronavirus lockdown, there were generally two camps: Those feeling lonely without the benefit of connecting with others and those lacking alone time as they were locked up with family members and housemates that they were unable to get away from.

 

Quality alone time is just as important as human connection. Forbes included the ability for alone time to build mental strength in 7-science backed reasons to spend more time alone, stating:

 

‘Studies show the ability to tolerate alone time has been linked to increased happiness, better life satisfaction, and improved stress management. People who enjoy alone time experience less depression.’

 

Psychology Today tells us It all depends on “why” and “what” you gain from it.

 

Find books to inspire time alone and resources on our alone time resource page.

Connection
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Purpose
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Supporting others
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Getting help
 

Your GP and the UK’s National Health Service provide healthcare support for anyone suffering from mental health issues. Find out

how to register with a GP.

How do I talk to my GP about my mental health and what support can I expect?

Mind have put together an A-Z of mental health issues that can be useful if you’re looking to find out more about your feelings or your diagnosis which might help with your GP appointments.

40 mental health helplines & specialist organisations

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Further resources such as self-help app and book recommendations can be found on our Resource page.