Having gone through some stressful times lately, I find myself thinking of resilience. Happier people are more resilient! Building our resilience is a tried and tested method within positive psychology for improving our general well-being and happiness. Resilience might be defined as our ability to bounce back from life’s curve balls rather than sinking into overwhelm. Recent research shows that people who are more resilient report more life satisfaction.
10 ways to Build Resilience
- Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends and activities that foster this is very important.
- Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. Focusing on how you interpret crises and traumatic events is important and to know the interpretation can be altered. Noticing slight changes in this area of growth.
- Accept that change is a part of living. Focus on what you can control and not what is past…
- Move toward your goals. Make small accomplishments and work toward goals in realistic ways.
- Take decisive actions. Do what you can and be careful in stressful events to take action where you can.
- Look for opportunities for self – discovery. Many people report that they grow from stressful events so be watchful to see how you might find that growth or change in yourself.
- Nurture a positive view of yourself. Try to develop confidence in yourself and trust yourself and your instincts more often.
- Keep things in perspective. Learning to stay rational a respond rather than react to stressful things.
- Take care of yourself. Try doing regular activities that you enjoy and that relax you.
- Additional exercises: yoga, meditation, journaling and other ways of building connections.
Good Luck with these skill- building ideas! Try a few out and see how you feel. Over time you may see an improvement quickly in how you bounce back from difficulties! See you next time!