3 Ways to Build Resilience

If you are feeling overwhelmed lately, you’re not alone. Even if you’re relatively self-aware and emotionally adept, struggles can take us by surprise and cause unexpected stress and anxiety. In such challenging times, your personal resilience can help you bounce back from stressful situations. 

However, resilience is not something that you either “have” or “don’t have.” In the same way, as you strengthen your muscles through repetition and practice, you can adjust and strengthen your approach to situations.  

Here are three tips to help get you started on your resilience journey:

1. Connect with others

Maintaining good relationships with others is a basic resilience skill. When you are challenged or stressed, it is much easier to respond successfully if you have the support of your family, community, friends, and coworkers. These relationships can also help you gain the cooperation of others to successfully navigate the normal interpersonal challenges that are a part of life in personal or professional relationships.

2. Focus on personal perspective

Resilience can be enhanced through realistic thinking, optimism, and living in line with your personal values. When dealing with others, practice gratitude, forgiveness, and generosity. Focusing daily on these personal qualities reduces negative emotions such as anger and resentment, which are internal stressors.

3. Develop skills to maintain control

Help maintain balance and protect yourself from feeling overwhelmed by developing skills that improve your sense of control over life. Central to resilience are goal setting, time management, and problem-solving — skills that can make the difference between success and failure. Practicing these techniques will help you to overcome adversity and prepare you for challenges in the future.  

What practices have helped you cope with stress?  Share with us in the comments below. 

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