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Resilience - Part 1

Resilience is sometimes described as the process of adapting and bouncing back quickly in times of stress. Stress can be in the form of family or relationship problems, serious health issues, problems in the workplace or financial troubles.

Developing resilience can help you cope adaptively and bounce back after changes, challenges, setbacks, disappointments, and even failures.

Research has shown that resilience is relatively common. People tend to demonstrate resilience more often than you think. One example of resilience is the response of many Americans after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and individuals’ efforts to rebuild their lives.

Exhibiting resiliency doesn’t necessarily mean that you have not suffered adversity or distress. It also doesn’t mean you have not experienced pain or sadness. The path to resilience is often paved with emotional stress and strain.

The good news is that resilience is a skill that can be learned. It involves developing thoughts, behaviours, and actions that allow you to recover from traumatic or stressful events in life.

Below are some ways of building resilience, so it becomes a natural tendency.

  1. Remember a time when you felt resilient and tap into whatever allowed you to find a sense of courage and strength.
  2. Take some time off to recharge. Unplug the electronic devices and give yourself a moment to rest and reflect.
  3. Be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion and ease up on your expectations.
  4. Take some inspired action. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, doing one small thing can help you move forward.
  5. Connect with God through prayer and meditation.
  6. Think of someone who exudes resiliency and model their behaviour.

The moment you start believing that you can bounce back is the exact moment things can begin to go your way. Your belief is everything. You can learn to be more resilient.

Watch out next week for more on resilience.