Nourish to Flourish week 7-11 February
Nourish to Flourish week is a wellbeing event held once per term. B&FC bring together key partners to offer a support package for students that promotes wellbeing. This week we’ll be on the road talking to students about FIKA, alcohol and drug awareness, and highlighting services available in College as well as in the community. Come visit us in reception areas:
07/02/22 - Bispham Campus - 12-1:30PM
08/02/22 - Fleetwood Campus - 11:30-1PM
09/02/22 - University Centre - 12-1:30PM
10/02/22 - Gateway Campus - 11:30-1PM
The theme of this week’s Nourish to Flourish is ‘growing together’ exploring the concept of growing emotionally to build our resilience.
At B&FC you are likely to have already the resilience measure in your Progress Meetings and been introduced to the FIKA Mental Fitness platform as a tool to support building your resilience through building mental fitness.
So let’s remind ourselves on what is Resilience
Resilience means being able to adapt to and recover from change or challenging situations. By learning to be resilient, we face new challenges more easily.
When something difficult happens to us (or our family or friends), it’s natural to feel upset, confused or stressed out. That doesn’t mean we’ve failed or are reacting in the wrong way. But being resilient helps us to accept these feelings and move forward through them.
You might have heard the phrase ‘being able to bounce back’ ‘bounce forward.’
Everybody has to face hard times sometimes, so life isn’t always about avoiding the bad stuff – it’s about learning to pick yourself up and carry on being the awesome person you are. There are always going to be challenges – it’s how you meet them and move through them that counts.
Why do we need resilience?
Being resilient can help us manage feelings of anxiety and uncertainty – and it’s a skill we can build up over time.
Having the strength to deal with difficult things can help build our confidence and self-esteem – especially when we look back on an experience and realise we should feel proud of ourselves for getting through it.
Being resilient can also mean we worry less about what might happen in the future and feel happier ‘in the moment’.
What can stop us being resilient?
Sometimes tough stuff just happens, and it’s not our fault. However, if we think there’s something wrong with us rather than just seeing challenge as something that happens, we are likely to not feel so resilient.
If we often hear or think negative things about ourselves, it can be difficult to stay positive and be able to ‘bounce back’.
Sometimes we forget to look back and realise how strong we are, and that we have dealt with difficult situations in the past.
There’s always going to be some struggle at some point, so we might as well learn how to meet that struggle in the best possible way – by finding support and being kind to ourselves.
Growing our Resilience
Some people are naturally quite resilient, but for lots of others it can take time to build up the skills – everyone’s different.
5 things which can help you to be more resilient are:
- Accepting that challenges aren’t things that “get in the way” of life, they are part of life and we will feel sad or down about them.
- Focusing on all your positive qualities and not forgetting them – especially when the going gets tough.
- Thinking about other times when you have faced difficulties and remembering that you got through them, even if it was tough at the time.
- Surrounding yourself with positive people who like you for you.
- Talking about your struggles with people you trust, and asking for help and support when you need it.
Remember, you’re not in control of everything that happens to you, but you ARE in control of how you react.
We have lots of dedicated resources to build your resilience on Student Life
5 ways to Nourish your Resilience
One ….Grow Your Mental Fitness
What is Fika? watch this video