There is a lot of change happening at the moment. Changes in the private sector, the public sector, schools, retail, just to name a few. During times of change you often find yourself feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, frustrated and unsure of what you can do to cope.
Resilience is a constant belief in you to be well,to be happy, and to be better. Resilience is an inner quality that allows you to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever.
Rather than letting failure or change overcome you, you can find a way to get back up, get back in control, re-invent yourself and your circumstances and use this as an opportunity rather than a misfortune. After experiencing hardship resilient people are able to change course and soldier on.
Psychologists have identified some of the factorsthat make someone resilient, among them –
• a positive attitude,
• the ability to regulate emotions,
• and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback.
Resilience is the process by which you adapt to changes or crises, like death, tragedy, the loss of a job, or financial problems. Resilience is not a character trait – it can be learned by anyone, but learning it does require time and effort, and the effort you put in is well worth the rewards.
Here are 10 resiliency-building tips:
- Get adequate restorative sleep. Poor sleep patterns and stress go hand-in-hand.
- Engage in adequate physical exercise daily. Exercise is a major buffer against stress, including stress from depression.
- Maintain a healthy diet. You will not feel good about yourself, have enough energy or promote your bodies healing process if you continually eat junk food, or have an unbalanced diet, or eat food that is loaded with preservative, additives and chemicals or have above recommended portion sizes.
- Have a loving support system; relationships which convey understanding, respect and interest and are grounded in good listening and establishing safety and basic trust. Quality social support correlates with higher levels of resiliency.
- Meet challenges as they occur and avoid procrastination and the stresses that come from it and crises that arise from delays.
- Build tolerance for doubt and uncertainty, attempt to stay in the present moment being Mindful, and you are less likely to experience anxieties related to a need for certainty.
- Express values, such as responsibility and integrity. This gives you a firm base for change and decisive action.
- Work to build high frustration tolerance. High frustration tolerance, cognitive flexibility, and a problem-solving mindset are the corner stones of resilience.
- Be an optimist. Make lemonade out of lemons! This type of sunny disposition with a small dose of realism is the best way to, achieve your goals and meet your commitments, overcome challenges and keep a smile on your face (which of course sets off beneficial health promoting hormones).
- Boost resilience by reducing your risk of negative thinking and increase your chances for realistic positive and pro-active thinking.
There are times when we are put off course, dramatically and painfully, to begin again and become more, better and brighter than we were previously. There are times when we question the method of redirection. What I know is that greatness is born of adversity, so if there is a grand opportunity in this time of change for you, what could it be?
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