Becoming More Resilient

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to be able to overcome obstacles and struggles more easily than others? That is because they may have more resilience. This is a trait that you are born with, but that can also be worked on and enhanced. Everyone can benefit from working on their resilience, so here are some tips:

Stay flexible

It is easier to adjust to a challenge when you are able to alter your goals and find ways to adapt.

Learn lessons

Try to focus on the positive lessons you can learn, even from a negative experience. Instead of asking yourself, ‘Why me?’ ask yourself what you could do differently next time to change the outcome.

Take action

After you come up with ways you can improve your situation, set out to do it. For example, if you boss cuts your hours back at work, use it as a chance to explore other job options that can enhance your career growth.

Nurture your relationships

When you are going through a tough time, don’t withdraw from loved ones. Resilient people report having at least one or two people in their lives that they can turn to for support.

Release tension

Come up with different outlets that you can use to express your tension. Some ideas: write in a journal, draw, meditate, talk to a friend, or go for a walk.

Create a sense of purpose

Aim to do things that bring meaning to your life. Spend time with your family or volunteer for a cause.

Implement healthy habits

When you physically feel good, your mental health follows. Exercise regularly, drink water, eat nutritiously, and get enough sleep.

Realize your personal strengths

Take time to think about your positive qualities and be proud of them. Acknowledge your abilities and the things that you have accomplished.

Be optimistic

Having a positive and hopeful outlook on life will naturally create more resilience. Remember that a lot of problems end up being temporary and you have the ability to overcome them.

Work with a therapist

When you work with a therapist, you will have a partner to assist you in building your resiliency. Click here to work with a clinician who can help!