21st April 2016: Stress and Emotional Resilience by Joel White

Come along to the Castle Hotel in Manchester at 7pm for some food, some drinks and to listen to Sonia’s talk….


Title of talk:

Stress and Emotional Resilience

Joel White
Joel White

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • What is stress?
  • How does this impact upon individuals
  • Situations that cause stress
  • Stress and how it links to personal responsibility
  • The fight, flight or freeze phenomenon
  • What is emotional resilience?
  • Discussion of ways to develop your emotional resilience
  • Hands on demonstration of ways to develop your emotional resilience


A few paragraphs on your subject:

There are so many misconceptions of what is stress and how it impacts on the lives of individuals. Today 1 in 4 adults will suffer from mental health concerns within the course of a year. Stress is now the most reported cause of sickness for absence from work. So what is going on? Why are so many people being affected by what we call stress?
For some individuals it seems that everything causes them stress. Stress is the second biggest complaint for why people are absent from work and can also lead to serious health conditions that affect the individual. What I would like to say at this point is that there is no such thing as a stressful job, partner, child, husband, spouse, stranger or a stressful situation. What actually causes ‘stress’ is the individual themselves in how they react and respond to the pressure caused by others and situations around them. Stress occurs for the individual when they are unable to respond effectively in managing the pressure that is put onto them. Consequently, they become overloaded and unable to meet the demands that are placed on them. It is this idea that we wil be explored further rin my talk.
Emotional resilience refers to your ability to adapt and bounce back when something difficult happens in your life. However as mentioned previously, developing your emotional resilience only helps you deal with pressure more effectively, helping you to reduce the impact that stress has on your life. What it does not change is the actual situation that is causing the pressure in the first place. That can only be changed by the choices that you make in your life.
The simplest, most well-known method of developing your emotional resilience, is through relaxation. This can help you to relieve the symptoms of stress, calm you down and provide an opportunity to take a step back from a stressful situation. No matter what form of relaxation technique you engage in, they are all based on the combination of breathing more deeply whilst aiming to relax the muscles in the body. Don’t worry if you find it difficult to relax at first. It’s a skill that needs to be learned and it will come with practice. Come long to my talk and learn more about how to develop emotional resilience and how you can apply to the everyday pressures that you face in your life.

A few paragraphs about you:

Hi my names Joel White and influence, inspire and empower individuals to make better lifestyle choices. I truly live and breathe what I say and what I do. I have been there and overcome a number of series of life crisis including: family breakdown, loss of employment and mental health concerns. I have lived and worked abroad for 6 years (2 years in Thailand and 4 years in China) as a qualified teacher of ICT and Head of Department.
I also took an active role in both schools in regards to the pastoral needs of the students, such as influencing and writing of pastoral policy. This gave me the opportunity to not only motivate the students and staff within my House within but also by encouraging their participation, involvement and responsibility in all House events throughout the academic year, emphasising their importance within the whole school.
I have been involved in supporting and advocating for a number of vulnerable adults who are in recovery (drugs and/or alcohol). I played an active role in encouraging and empowering them to make informed choices in their own lives so that they could live as independently as possible within their own community.
I also deliver health and wellbeing short courses to vulnerable adults within the community. They are aimed towards influencing, inspiring and empowering them to make better life style choices. I am a great believer in the importance of personal and professional development. By doing so can only help you to be best you can be.

What free internet knowledge resources would you recommend to others if they wish to explore your chosen theme further?

www.betternotstop.com – fantastic website that is packed full of insightful and motivating articles that are written by the BNS community.
manchester.innerspace.org – Fantastic website that truly encapsulates and incorporates the importance of developing a positive wellbeing. They also deliver a number of free talks throughout the year at the Inner Space centre in Manchester.
www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx – Defiantly the go to website for any queries, questions or concerns relating to health and wellbeing. All information on the website is accurate, reliable, trust worthy, factual and up to date.
www.thebiglifegroup.com– lost of free and informative information. The group is made up of 7 businesses and 3 charities which deliver a range of support and services across the North of England including services for children and families, health and social care services, mental health and wellbeing; alongside housing support, education, and employment services.

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