Are you resilient? Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy , threats or significant sources of stress. Being resilient speaks to the process of rebuilding after challenges, sometimes profound, that have occurred in one’s life.
It was once thought that resilience was something people were born with, but that thinking has changed as it has been realized that it’s both a character trait and can be taught and learned, but must also be practiced.
Here are 10 ways to build resilience after facing life challenges.
- Create a support network and caring community that you can lean on.
- Identify your character strengths and recognize the strengths of those around you.
- Connect with like-minded people.
- Celebrate your small successes.
- Be kind and patient with yourself.
- Practice gratefulness daily even when you’re really happy.
- Allow yourself to express and feel emotions.
- Reconnect with the things in life that bring you joy like nature or music.
- Learn something new every week; it can be anything.
- Commit to yourself that you will get through any challenge and bounce back even better than before; believe in YOU.
Remember, everything takes time, but if you are mindful and aware that you have the strength to get through whatever life throws at you, YOU WILL!