Developing resilience in social work roles

No two days in social work are the same and some would argue that this is part of the appeal. However,  sometimes the volatile nature of social work can be overwhelming and cause great deals of stress on particularly challenging days. 


The Social Personnel team values all candidates and the incredible work they do to help people lead happier and healthier lives. That’s why we want to do our bit to ensure you can stay stress-free (or as close to as possible) in your day-to-day. 


Here are some strategies to help you build resilience in your role as a social worker:


Take on a glass half full mindset 


It’s easy to be hard on yourself when things get hard, but part of being resilient is learning to cultivate a positive attitude and focus on the little wins. While developing resilience doesn’t happen overnight there are many ways in which you can develop it, such as practising mindfulness, talking to your supervisor and establishing a strong support system.


These methods will help you stay calm in stressful situations and protect your physical and wellbeing in the long run. 


Continuous learning


Engage in ongoing professional development to enhance your skills and knowledge. This can boost your confidence and sense of competence in handling complex situations.




Establish clear boundaries between your work and personal life. Avoid overextending yourself, and learn to say no when necessary to prevent burnout.


Flexibility and adaptability


Social work often involves unpredictable situations. Developing the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and remain flexible in your approach can help reduce feelings of frustration.


Find healthy coping mechanisms 


Finding a healthy outlet for stress is key to becoming resilient, otherwise, it will build up over time and become harder and harder to cope with. Try keeping a journal, going for a walk or listening to a podcast after work to help you unwind. Whatever works for you – keep it up!

If you want to speak to one of our consultants about our social work roles, get in touch via 0203 8929 340 today.

carlette Isaac

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