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Further learning with Deakin

Thank you for participating in Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive. We hope you enjoyed this course and found these learning materials stimulating and engaging. Don’t forget This course has …

Resilience: answering the big question

The big question we set out to answer at the beginning of this course was: how can we learn to be more resilient in both our personal and professional lives? …

Compassion for self and others

Helping others is a natural instinct wired into our brain. However, in addition to having compassion for others, we also need to show compassion towards ourselves. The human brain has …

Colleagues, friends and teams

Our personal and professional lives depend on the vitality of our relationships, which, in turn, help build our everyday resilience. In the first week of this course we discovered that …

Making meaning

We aren’t born with a burning sense of purpose. We make meaning and purpose by experimenting in our lives. Carol Ryff and colleagues at Wisconsin-Madison University have been working on …

Practising everyday mindfulness

Mindfulness isn’t just something you do at home or in a class; once you know how, you can practise mindfulness any time, anywhere. Formal meditation practice can involve sitting, lying …

Sleep on it: how sleep helps build resilience

Sleep is the cornerstone of health. It allows us to regenerate both physically and mentally, yet most of us don’t get nearly enough of it. According to leading neuroscientist and …

Listening to communicate

Good communication is interactive, and listening is a key part of this exchange. Along with problem-solving skills, which we’ve just looked at, communication skills also rank highly on the list …

Mindfulness, self-awareness and self-care

Mindfulness isn’t about stopping your thoughts, but about finding new ways of being with them. In the last few steps we’ve focused on skills like problem solving and communication that …

Build your way forward

Complex problems don’t get solved in one go, which is why trying things out and learning through action is often the best way to build our resilience. One of the …

What’s on for next week?

Next week, we’ll explore ways to develop more systematic or ecological approaches to resilience not only in our own lives and communities, but also in organisations and the workplace. Before …

Reframe your problems

The ability to creatively solve problems as they occur is one of the most sought-after skills in contemporary workplaces. According to a recent report, creativity, followed by persuasion, collaboration, adaptability …

Ecologies of resilience

Building an ecology of resilience means working with others to ensure that we reinforce one another’s capacity for thriving. We’ve already talked about the personal and social dimensions of resilience …

Resilience: key ideas and principles

Resilience arises from a complex set of individual and social factors. So what have we learnt so far? Resilience is a process we work towards, not a defined permanent state. …

Can we learn resilience?

Popular culture tells us heroes are special, but resilience research tells us there are plenty of everyday heroes. Luke Skywalker, the original hero of the Star Wars films, exemplifies what’s …