For the final part in this resilience series of blogs we will be looking at external factors that support us.
As mentioned previously, when faced with adversity we can draw on our own internal resources; who we are, and what we can do. In addition, we can draw on external resources; in essence, ask for help.
So what exactly do our external resources look like?
They will be unique to each one of us. The most obvious is our social support structure; our family, friends, co-workers etc. The good news is we do not have to have perfect relationships with all of these people, or a perfect family history, we just need to identify who can be there for us, and then engage with asking them for help. Our external resources also come from our education and learning experiences, our skills, our financial education, and our wider community. We never need all of these aspects at once, and we can take small steps to improve one of these areas at a time, and that in turn will build our resilience. What small thing could you learn today? Who could you reach out to ask for help? How could you help someone in need today? Giving and receiving help can build resilience.
And as a final note, Wellspring can be one of those external support structures for supporting anyone who is struggling to make these changes on their own.
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