• Anya Smirnova

RESILIENCE is your buffer and a muscle

Resilient people focus on the things that they can change, and accept that there are things they can’t change. Check out the Resilience Formula and download the Resilience Tree.


Mental health is often spoken about as a state when you do not have an issue. There is a positive number to the mental health spectrum - your mental health is strong when your resilience levels are high.


The Resilience Formula:

D > R -> exhaustion, burnout, breakdown, depression,


D = R -> after responding to the demands, you are left with no energy for anything else,


D < R -> you have a buffer of resilience,


where D = demands and R = Resilience. (Thanks to Jenny Campbell of the Resilience Engine for this inspiration. http://www.resiliencengine.com.)


Resilience is your ability to adapt. Your capacity for change.


Resilience is a practice, it's a muscle you can strengthen. Maintain it and it will create a buffer protecting your mental health.


Resilience is not about being tough or becoming a control freak, even though I use the word 'control' in the video. It is the skill of pacing your energy to focus on things that you can change, and not wasting it on the rest. Use the Resilience Tree.



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Many new mothers find themselves feeling anxious or more worried than usual after their first baby is born. Add to that sleep deprivation, lack of support (especially on lockdown) and possibly health concerns. All this drains our resilience and energy and affects how we feel about ourselves, how we see the world, how we feel about the future, how we cope and move forward. If this is you, enquire about our coaching after childbirth for professional & personal goals & postnatal health. In coaching we work a lot with people's resilience levels as they drive the pathways of people's behaviour.

If you struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, check out the Mind charity's very informative website.


What is one thing you can do for your mental health today?


I would love to hear your comments. If you have any questions, reach out to me at anya@postnatalrecovery.co.uk.

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