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Resilience building – our reflections

We’ve faced a lot of changes this year, and some of them have been pretty tough. Resilience has become one of the most important qualities we can nurture. At Imak, we know the power of planning ahead, talking about what matters, understanding your options and how these things lift your ability to meet challenges. Below are some of the things we have learnt about building your resilience.

Planning ahead helps build resilience

If we’ve been taught one thing in 2020, it’s to expect the unexpected!

Having a plan in place means that when things are going well, you can spend less time worrying about ‘what if’. When something challenging does come up, a sound plan can make it easier to take things in your stride.

At Imak, we can help you make a plan upsets to your income and health.  Unfortunately, good investment and insurance planning doesn’t guard against all of life’s difficulties. But, you’ll always benefit from having a plan. Knowing who to call in a crisis can make a huge difference and help bolster your personal resilience when things get rough.

Build strong social relationships

If you want an excuse to catch up with your mates this weekend, this is it! Social relationships make a huge difference to your resilience and your mental health in general. In fact, strong relationships at any time in your life can benefit you in the long term according to studies.

Talk about what matters

When we’re helping someone plan their financial future, we need to know what really matters to them. Then, we can find a way to help them achieve it.  You’ll find the same applies for those who want to support you in other parts of your life. Being upfront about what’s on your mind allows people to rally around you.

Get the right advice about your options

Clear, relevant advice helps you understand your options and see solutions. And this is especially important when you’re facing something stressful.

At Imak, we’re experienced at explaining financial and insurance options to people in a way that’s straight up. And there are great people in every industry with the same approach to their areas of expertise.

When it comes to your wellbeing, going to an expert can be a wise move. Also think about colleagues, mentors or people with shared interests who can act as a sounding board. Sometimes, just chatting through things with someone who has less emotional investment can help you sort things out.

Take five steps towards mental wellbeing

The Mental Health Foundation suggests adding five actions to your routine to support your wellbeing. The five actions are:

  1. Connect
  2. Give
  3. Take notice
  4. Keep learning
  5. Be active

If you’d like to work on your financial resilience, then we’re ready to help. However, we care about our clients as people first and foremost. If you’ve found this year tough on your mental wellbeing, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone who can help. It’s not an indulgence; it’s essential. The Mental Health Foundation has some useful resources.

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