Health and Wellbeing

A course to develop emotional resilience: Stronger Day By Day

Our Wellbeing  Champion Natalie tells us all about the Stronger Day by Day Course and how it can help you to improve your emotional resilience.

Stronger Day by Day is a course which aims to help you develop emotional resilience, explore your current coping mechanisms and develop new and healthier ways of handling life’s challenges.

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How Stronger Day by Day can help you

Emotional resilience refers to our ability to cope with or adapt to stressful situations or crisis. Some people are more resilient than others, meaning they do not let any adversity define how they live their lives and are able to bounce back easier after a stressful period or crisis. Think of it this way, resilient people are like bamboo in hurricane: they can be bent, blown and pushed, but they have got strong roots, they are flexible rather than resistant, and they are able to bounce back rather than break. The good thing about resilience is that it can be built, developed and learned.

Of course, being resilient does not mean that all life’s challenges and difficulties will disappear. Instead, it means that you are able to tackle the problem and cope with the adversity easier, helping you get through the tough times and moving on from it. Even though it may feel like there is so much going on and that you will never be able to cope, the hurricane will pass and when it does, you will be able to bounce back up again.

Stronger Day by Day will help you develop self-awareness and teaches you strategies and skills to boost emotional resilience, so that no matter what happens in your life and what you are going through, you will be able to cope with it.


Who is it for?

The course is for anyone who is going through a tough time and having difficulties coping with the overwhelming feelings and emotions. From experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, exam pressure, family and relationship problems up to overcoming a traumatic experience, if you feel like you would benefit from becoming more emotionally resilient, this course is for you!


What can I expect in each session?

Stronger Day by Day is a course which meets once a week for an hour. The course comprises of two sessions starting on Wednesday 26 October, which will focus on different ways of boosting emotional resilience. This includes taking care of yourself, looking at what’s causing you to experience the negative emotions as well as understanding mindfulness and acceptance. The programme also explores various coping strategies, as well as relationships with others and yourself, being more assertive and turning drama into empowerment.

The workshops are usually in groups of around 10-12 Cardiff University students who are going through similar situations as you are. When you are going through a tough time, it can be difficult to talk to others and open up, especially when you feel that no one really understands what you are going through. However, joining a course will help you understand that you are not alone, allowing you to see a range of perspectives and experiences on similar issues you are facing, as well as seeing how others are hoping with it. Of course, it is all confidential and you don’t have to share any information if you don’t want to.



How can I sign up?

Click here to check out what’s on and to sign up for the workshops and courses.


Contact us in Counselling Health & Wellbeing

If you are struggling to settle in to your Studies and Student Life, please know Cardiff University Support Services are here for you – there is no problem too big or too small and we would be happy to provide you with some support. We offer a range of flexible support options including:

Bookable appointments are available via our online referral questionnaire. We also offer a Wellbeing Walk-In Service, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 3.45pm and Wednesday mornings, 9.30am to 10.15am, at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.  We also hold a walk-in service at our Student Support Centre in Cardigan House at the Heath, on Wednesday afternoons 3pm to 3.45pm.

 Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space.

If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a peer ear and give you basic health and wellbeing advice. If you would like to see our Champions in action, check out their video.

If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.


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Best wishes, 

Natalie, Wellbeing Champion.


Your Student Life, Supported. 

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including:Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.


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