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Resilience means welcoming change
March 04, 2013

For these few months, I am expanding on the twelve warning signs of Emotional Health that I listed in the 21st January newsletter.

These are the first six and today I am looking at number six

  1. Persistent presence of support networks
  2. Chronic positive expectations; tendency to frame events in a constructive light
  3. Episodic peak experiences
  4. Sense of spiritual involvement
  5. Increased sensitivity to others and self
  6. Tendency to adapt to changing circumstances
  7. I am back on familiar territory here – for, we are talking of resilience and unquestionably that is the focus, even if somewhat hidden, of much of my work as a therapist.

    Change is part of life and so to be able to adapt to change and in fact welcome it is the absolute key to our emotional wellbeing. To be able to bounce and not break, to sway in the wind because your roots are deep and not buckle and indeed know that there are opportunities and learnings to be found everywhere as you observe what is changing – in what presents to you and how you find you are reacting to it.

    It is often a useful exercise to think back a few years and to note what has changed for you and the manner of the change – in circumstances, friends, health, opportunities and roads apparently closed off and indeed how the external – economy, political, social, fashion and technological – has changed.

    Be aware also of how much of this change could not and definitely was not anticipated by you ahead of time. Does that realisation scare you or empower you? Your answer will tell you a lot about yourself.

    best wishes

    Andrew Richardson
    Feelbetter Counselling East London

    94 Malford Grove, London E18 2DQ

    Direct Line: 0208 257 0429 Mobile: 07870 104651 Skype: famrichhg

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