Updated: Feb 11
What is Resilience? Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or significant source.
Resilience not only involves "bouncing back" from life’s challenges, it also involves personal growth in the forms of new knowledge.
Being resilient doesn’t mean that a person won’t experience hardships.
Resilience isn’t a personality trait that only some people possess, resilience involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that anyone can learn and develop. The ability to learn resilience like building a muscle, increasing your resilience takes time and the courage to choose courage over comfort.
To increase your capacity for resilience to weather — and grow from — the difficulties, use these strategies.
Relationships- Connecting with others can remind you that you’re not alone in the midst of difficulties. Focus on finding trustworthy and compassionate individuals who will support you and boost your emotional wellness
Reduce Stress- Both your physical and emotional wellness are impacted by stress. Healthy habits like nutrition, enough sleep, hydration and regular exercise can strengthen your body to adapt to stress and reduce anxiety or depression.
Renewal- Journaling, yoga, and other mindful/spiritual practices like prayer or meditation. When you journal, meditate, or pray, restore hope by focusing on positive aspects of your life and recall the things you’re grateful for, even during trials.
Reach Out- Volunteer in your community, or simply support a friend in their own time of need. This will enhance your sense of purpose, foster self-worth, connect and tangibly help others, all of which can empower you to grow in resilience.
Refocus- Be proactive and foster self-discovery by asking yourself, “What can I do about a problem in my life?” If the problems seem too big to tackle, break them down into manageable pieces.
Recommit- Move toward your goals. Create realistic goals and do something regularly even if it seems like a small accomplishment — that enables you to achieve the things you want to accomplish. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself, "What's one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?”
Review- Learn from your past. Look back at what was most helpful to you in prior times of difficulty. Ask yourself of where you have found strength and knowledge from those previous experiences.
Realign- Keep things in perspective. How you think is critical to how you feel and how resilient you are when faced with obstacles. if you feel overwhelmed by a challenge, you may not be able to change a highly stressful event, but you can change how you interpret and respond to it. Accept that change is a part of life. Certain goals or ideals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations in your life. Focus on circumstances that you can change instead of the ones you cannot
Remind-. An optimistic outlook empowers you to expect that good things will happen to you. Although it may be hard, remind yourself to be positive. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
External resources: Use the support of loved ones and trusted professionals. and Community Resources for support. The important thing is to remember you’re not alone on the journey.
Internal resources: Often we may feel like our backpack of resources is empty. Along life's journey we have to dig deep into our “backpacks” we will find these resources of faith, hope, determination, and courage You will find these attributes heart and our mind and in our soul. Persevere thru trials and you may discover strengths you did not realize you possessed. As we develop resilience and overcome difficulties, we become empowered.
Difficult experiences don’t have to determine the outcome of your life. As you adapt and use these secrets your resilience will grow. Becoming more resilient not only helps you get through difficult times; it also empowers you to grow and even improve your life along the way.