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Personal levels of resilience may help to determine how well, or not, an individual copes with the mental and emotional difficulties associated with Covid-19. In the first of three articles, Catherine D’Arcy-Jones outlines how occupational health practitioners can better understand the psychological basis of resilience and some of the tools available to measure it.
Many of us within our normal occupational health (OH) remit will be supporting employees to access their inner resilience skills and build up techniques they can use in a variety of situations. Certainly, the current coronavirus situation has highlighted the nation’s resilience, or the need to increase it, and the importance of having an effective bag of resilience skills to draw upon.
Life presents many varied situations and how these are interpreted, and reacted to, will contribute to the eventual outcome. Each and every person has skills that allow them to adapt, change, learn and cope. We just need to be able to recognise these, know how to access them, be open to learning new skills and apply them.
About the author
Catherine D’Arcy-Jones SCPHN, RGN, BSc Psychology, MSc Health Psychology, BSc Occ Health is director of occupational health company OPA Health
This article, the first of a series of three, is aimed at enhancing an understanding of the psychological basis of resilience and some of the tools available to measure it. There is a plethora of scales to choose from, each measuring varying aspects of resilience. Once we are knowledgeable about the different areas of resilience, individuals have a greater potential to control them (Johnston-Wilder S 2018).
For OH practitioners guiding individuals, understanding the areas of low resilience brings a greater awareness of where recommendations and focus needs to be directed to redress any individual inbalance and increase an employee’s personal resilience. Developing resilience is an ongoing cycle (Chowdhury 2020) and we continually learn and adapt as we gain experience from situations we are presented with.
Resilience is within us all. Originating from the 1620s, the word “resilience” was derived from the Latin “resiliens” meaning to recoil or rebound. In the 1640s, the word was associated with “springing back” and was finally incorporated into the English language in t