Building Resilience – Respect Yourself

During this difficult time, we need to remain resilient as we try to cope with the ups and downs that the lockdown brings.

Let’s revisit strategy 2 – Respect Yourself

We learnt about the importance of recognising our own uniqueness. When you respect yourself, you realise that, although we all have things in common, we also have special characteristics that make us unique. If we were all the same it would be a very dull world. We learned that identifying our own strengths helps us to understand, like and accept ourselves better.

 There is no-one quite like me

 Everyone has different strengths

 I treat myself with respect

Activity

Work with another person in your family. This could be your mum, dad, brother or sister or someone else who lives with you at home. Each of you needs a piece of A4 paper. Fold the A4 piece of paper in half to make two columns. At the top of one column, write ‘All About Me’ and on the other side write ‘My Strengths’. Under each heading, make a list of 1 to 10. On the side ‘All About Me’ , on your own page, each of you writes down ten things about you – your physical appearance, your personal qualities, your interests. Try to do this on your own and do not share with the other person at this stage. On the other side, each of you writes down your ten strengths. Think carefully, are you kind, are you good at cooking, are you good at solving problems or thinking of new ideas? Again try not to show the other person. When you both agree that you have finished, share your ideas. What did you find out?

  • Is there any thing about your physical appearance that is the same?
  • Did you write down the same qualities?
  • Do you share any interests?
  • Do you share any strengths?

Have a chat…..You may share some things but you will find that there are some things that only you have, enjoy or are good at. These things are what make you unique.