Psychological resilience is the ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. Resilience exists when the person uses “mental processes and behaviors in promoting personal assets and protecting self from the potential negative effects of stressors.
1. PROBLEM DOESN’T LAST FOREVER.
It’s the old age. ‘This too shall pass’. Resilience people can reassure themselves that while circumstances might be bad right now, it’s not going to last forever.
Part of this is about perspective, but it’s also about being able to acknowledge the awful feelings associated with stressful situations, and know they will eventually dissipate.
2. GET REGULAR SLEEP
Get into good sleep habits, sleep hygiene..
Sleep is a very important component of mental health.
Avoiding sleeping medication if not prescribed
6-8 hours is advisable.
3. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
Eat well and get exercise,
Get medical check ups
Adhere to treatment regiments.
When physically fit we tend to have a bit more energy and can face challenges better.
Meditation and mindfulness is beneficial for a whole lot of reasons.
Be present in the moment
Make it a habit and it will have positive impact on mental strength.
5. FAITH, PURPOSE AND MEANING
This is about establishing a sense of the bigger picture.
‘If we have a sense of the bigger picture then often day-to-day problem don’t seem as big, and we can be a bit more constructive about the way we approach them.”
This serves as a useful anchor and help some make sense of adversity.
6. ASK FOR AND RECEIVE HELP.
We often think about resilience as ‘my strength as an individual’
The ability to recognize when help is needed is the real strength, accepting the help is its peak.
Even the best people, the strongest and most resilient people, can’t do it all on their own all of the time.
7. INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS
Develop and nurture confiding relationships.
Keep in touch with people, share good experiences with those people who are close to us.
Probably the most important thing we can do for our health and happiness in life is to build great relationship.
Be available to those you care about, spend quality time.
Invest in others!
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
* Pick just one thing to start!
* A call to daily intentional effort at equipping of self with skills that build our Resilience muscle.
* That way we can go on with life and always come out stronger at the other end.