Using what you have around you

What do you already have that could be helpful for you?

You can use many of the things you already have around to help yourself in a challenging situation, or to improve your wellbeing.

What is a ‘resource’?

A resource is something you use, or someone you can go to, to help you do something. It can be any of these

  • a thing, like pen and paper
  • a skill, like knowing how to read 
  • a person, like your friends
  • a feeling, idea or ability you have, like your kindness.

Non-physical resources

If you watched the web of connections, circles of control and stress patterns videos, what skills and ideas did you get from them? What connections, kindness and wellbeing resources did the activities help you understand you already had?


Looking around activity

  1. Look around the space you are in.
  2. What ‘resources’ do you have? Include skills, ideas and people.
  3. Make a checklist, take a photo or draw your resources.
  4. How many resources can you find in 30 seconds?

What kinds of things did you choose, and why? What makes something a resource – can you come up with a definition? Think about how resources help our physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Using what's around us

Watch the video and do the activity from it.

'What resources do we need?' transcript

Think what resources you have to help you in these situations:

  • studying for an exam or working on a project
  • on a long journey
  • when you feel lonely
  • in an emergency, like being locked out of your house or stuck in a lift.

You are only allowed things you already have, that have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Which resources did you pick for each situation? How does it change? Are there any resources that are useful in every situation?

Now think in particular about what you have that can help you when you feel lonely: people, things, coping mechanisms, ideas and activities.

This resource was made with support from the British Red Cross psychosocial team.