Whole Wellbeing – Building Resilience Programme

Resilient people manage stress better; the Building Resilience programme comprises a suite of four workshops which, when completed, will give attendees tools, strategies and self-help techniques to help people be more resourceful when dealing with the pressures of life.

What’s up duck? (stress awareness)

Understanding what we mean by the term stress and how the body responds to stress is key to being able to manage it. Having a greater understanding of our signs and symptoms of stress can alert us to when it is appropriate to act, in order to prevent stress from affecting our health and well-being.

Workshop key elements:

  • what is stress?
  • understanding the physiological stress response
  • recognising stress triggers
  • recognising the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural symptoms of stress in ourselves and others
  • identifying the first steps that we can take to manage stress in ourselves and others

Building resilience (the amber toolkit)

Our second workshop in the series focuses on learning strategies which help us to stay calm and maintain perspective, enabling us to deal with stress more effectively when under pressure.

Workshop key elements:

  • understanding the term ‘resilience’ and how it helps to manage stress
  • introduction of the GAR model (green, amber, red) and how we can use it to evaluate our stress response levels, allowing us to recognise and deal with stress more effectively
  • the worry tree – a strategy to help differentiate between ‘worth it’ and ‘worthless’ worry
  • exploring the assumptions and conclusions we can make, which can cause undue stress and how to train ourselves to deal with the facts of a situation
  • helicopter model and how keeping things in perspective will lead to a more resourceful outcome when dealing with a difficult situation
  • change/accept/let go/ – how to assess the control you have in a situation that is causing you stress, allowing you to change the response you have to it

Building resilience (a positive outlook)

Having a positive outlook is one of the key characteristics of resilient people and furthermore is a characteristic that can be developed with insight and practise. Resilient people are better able to manage stress and deal more effectively with the pressures of life.

Workshop key elements:

  • exploring the characteristics of resilient people
  • the link between resilience and managing stress
  • the effect on the brain of negative and positive thinking and the impact on mental well-being
  • how the positive re-framing of our thoughts, perceptions and language helps us to build resilience and how practising this helps us to manage stress

Building resilience (self-development)

The fourth workshop in this suite focuses on skills and strategies which help to build self-esteem and confidence and promote the development of positive well-being.

Workshop key elements:

  • self-esteem and confidence and the link to resilience
  • how choosing to be assertive builds confidence and leads to better outcomes
  • understanding self-perception and how this can improve/effect our relationships
  • learning how Bandura’s theory of self- efficacy can support us in times of stress and help us to build resilience
  • how the power of gratitude can support positivity and well-being
  • how praising and recognising our own successes builds self-esteem

About Samantha and Julia

Samantha Cutler

Samantha has over 10 years’ experience working in Health and Wellbeing, with a focus on health promotion and behaviour change. She has various qualifications in the field of health and wellbeing supported by a level 3 award in Teaching and Education.

Samantha spent six years working for the Lincolnshire Health Support Service within the former Lincolnshire Probation Trust helping individuals to both improve their health and wellbeing and engage in pro-social behaviours to reduce recidivism. It was here that Samantha developed her coaching skills as well as her knowledge of health and wellbeing related topics, developing and delivering workshops from Stress Awareness and Mindfulness to Nutrition and Sleep.

Samantha is a qualified coach and NLP Practitioner and along with her business partner Julia delivers Wellbeing programmes and solutions to a wide range of businesses and organisations.

Julia Turner

After a varied career of 23 years in senior HR and management positions mostly focusing on people development working for Tesco Stores Ltd, Julia for the past 15 years has worked in Health and Wellbeing.

Julia is an NLP Master practitioner as well as being a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, Personal Trainer and has studied and is qualified to deliver Mindfulness and Reiki.

During the last 15 years Julia has been a practising Personal Trainer and Nutritional Therapist committed to helping people with their health and wellbeing goals before moving into corporate wellbeing. For the last 8 years most of her time has been spent working in companies and organisations such as EDF Energy, Ping Europe and PKF Cooper Parry to name a few delivering and contributing to their corporate wellbeing programmes. This includes 1:1 Wellbeing coaching as well as developing and delivering innovative wellbeing workshops and events.

This year, along with her colleague Samantha, Julia has set up a new company Whole Wellbeing Ltd, delivering wellbeing with a difference to companies and organisations.

Julia and Sam are passionate about helping people with their health and wellbeing and come highly recommended and endorsed by the people that they have worked with.

Our terms and conditions

Please ensure you read our terms and conditions before you book your place.

TVTSA Teaching School Agreement


Catch up session 3 – 14 October 2020, 1pm – 3pm

Catch up session 4 – 25 November 2020, 1pm – 3pm

These sessions will be facilitated virtually

Delivered by: Samantha Cutler and Julia Turner

Costs: £50/one unit

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