Mental health and daily activities

Sisu is a concept that comes from Finland. And while there’s no direct translation for this word in English, it means to persevere under stress in order to beat the odds. Challenges may come your way, but you’re not going to give up.

  1. Read Are You Tougher Than You Think? In this interview, Emilia Lahti offers five specific actions you can take to build up Sisu in your own life so that you can endure and even thrive in moments of extreme stress.
  2. Pick one of the five actions and describe how you will work to build your capacity to do this. How will cultivating this specific action help you?

Requirements: 2 paragraphs

Answer preview

Building psychology safety is important as I am always worried about making a mistake even when I haven’t made a mistake. I often worry about the outcomes of something which impacts my work as I always aim to do things in the right way. As indicated, building psychological safety encourages one to speak their mind, to stand for what is important, be innovative and take action despite the risk of making a mistake. In order to achieve this, I must build a mental safety where I know making a mistake does not define who I am. I will also ensure that I am not so hard on myself when I make a mistake and always put my effort into what I do. By being innovative, I will learn from my mistakes and take different approaches in my work. This is important as it builds on resilience and healthy mental space to work without worrying about making mistakes.

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Mental health and daily activities