Your likely Resilience Level is Breakdown
All Resilience Levels given are in relation to the Resilience Dynamic®.
Your resilience levels are seriously depleted and your health and wellbeing are at risk.
You need to consider seriously how to take care of yourself.
This is an acute, time-limited psychiatric disorder that manifests primarily as a severe stress-induced depression, anxiety or dissociation. The broken-down person is no longer able to function on a day-to-day basis until the disorder is resolved. A mental breakdown is defined by its temporary nature, and often closely tied to psychological burnout, severe overwork, sleep deprivation and similar stressors, which combine to temporarily overwhelm an individual with otherwise sound mental faculties. A mental breakdown also shares many symptoms with the acute phase of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The major symptom of a mental breakdown is depression. When someone is depressed, they may experience weight gain, suicidal thoughts, or loss of interest in social, family, or work life. Another symptom of a breakdown is anxiety, which can produce an increase in blood pressure, dizziness, trembling, or feeling sick to the stomach. Panic attacks are very similar to mental breakdowns but can also be a symptom in some cases. Having a hard time breathing and extreme fear may occur in those who are experiencing a panic attack. If the person is mildly depressed, many of the above symptoms will be felt. Confusion, erratic behaviour, loss of judgement, lack of sleep, low self-esteem, ill health and a breakdown of relationships are all common.
A person whose resilience has broken down has no capacity for change. To change, they need to recover through rest and care and to reconnect with who they are and what their purpose is in their life. They need help to do this.
Your first step is to ask for help. Ask people who you trust – friends, family and/or as appropriate, colleagues. And get some rest.
Explore the top resilience enablers:
- Being Present – Take some time for you and you only. You are not responsible for anything in that moment. You don’t need to be anything in that moment. Just be. It enables you to be calm and feel grounded. In skill terms, it enables you to notice more, to widen your perspective, to listen to yourself and to others, and therefore really ‘see’ what is happening. It also allows you to connect with your vision of what you want in any situation.
- Energy – Consider how you might stabilise your energy for recovery. Energy and resilience are directly correlated. They are not the same thing, but they follow the same ups and downs. Explore all elements of your energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. For physical energy, focus on your sleep, making sure you try to stick to the same times each day to keep in rhythm; for emotional energy get a hug from someone who cares for you; for mental energy seek out something you love, or have loved e.g nature, listening to music, time with family; and finally for spiritual energy be proud of one thing you do in the day, celebrate the simple things you are managing to do.
With this likely level of resilience, we recommend that you talk with someone who cares about you and that you trust. Seek help and support from a GP and/or family and friends. Talking really does help. It’s your first step to helping yourself feel better.
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