Resilience refers to “the capacity to recover from difficulty”.
As humans, we are subject to a variety of stressors.
Developing resilience is crucial to persevering through the not-so-good times.
Here are 5 ways to develop resilience:
Count your blessings
To quote the wonderful Oprah Winfrey, “if you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.” If you have a family, a friend or two, a method of transportation, a place to rest your head at night, and food to nourish your body, YOU ARE BEYOND BLESSED. Not to invalidate anybody’s situation or circumstances, but theoretically…things could always be worse. Acknowledge the things that are still going good. Chances are, there’s a lot!
Think of the big picture
When unfortunate things happen to us, it can be easy to catastrophize, or believe that something is worse than it is. The sobering realization is that life will go on, regardless if you are ready for it or not. It may feel like a slap in the face to process that, but the sooner you accept it, the sooner the healing process starts. Having hope that you will feel better eventually is key!
See it as a learning opportunity
Every bump, twist, turn, setback, obstacle, or absolute failure is, at the very least, a learning opportunity. Seeing it as a learning opportunity allows you to approach it with curiosity and optimism. What lessons can you pull from this experience? How can you make this experience beneficial?
Establish the growth you’d like to have
Think of yourself one month, one year, one decade, etc. down the road. How will you have liked yourself to respond to the situation at hand? What action would lead you towards that?
Be open and adaptable
Be open to change. Be adaptable to what comes your way. Plans change. Flow with it. Don’t fight it. Map out the best plan of action for YOU! Sometimes what we think is the worst thing to happen to us, can actually end up being the best thing that could have happened to us!
Whatever you are going through, or may go through in the future, I wish you healing and abundance.