Resilience is not about getting through these difficult times on your own—it’s about finding ways to bounce back stronger than ever before. In this article, we break down the essential skills you need in order to be resilient in any situation.
Let go of fear. According to everyday health, Dr. Sood reminds us that fear is often an illusion, not a reality. “We manufacture it because we aren’t learning how to do things in a different way,” he says. In other words, worrying about the future or events that haven’t happened yet can cause you unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Fear is a feeling that can be useful at times.
Fear can be a motivator. Fear can be a distraction, and it’s important to remember that fear tends to distract us from other things we need to do. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight or get in shape, being afraid of what might happen if your workout isn’t perfect will keep you from working out as much—or at all!
This leads us back into the realm of stress and anxiety: when we’re stressed out over something big (like our health), our bodies respond by producing more stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which lead us away from what we want (a healthy body).
Be grateful. It’s hard to be truly grateful during difficult times. But acknowledging what is good helps make the bad more bearable.
Gratitude is a valuable skill for resilience. It can be difficult to truly appreciate the good things in life when you’re going through a difficult time, so practicing gratitude helps make those moments more bearable.
Ways of practicing gratitude:
Make a list of all the things that are going well for you and share them with someone else who might need encouragement or support. You could create this list together as a family or as part of another group activity like meditation or walking.
Ask yourself why something happened before deciding whether it was good or bad—for example: “Is there anything good that came out of my getting sick?” Or ask yourself first if there are any positives at all then secondly whether they outweigh any negatives such as pain or discomfort etc…
Laugh at yourself. One of the keys to resilience, according to Sood, is being able to laugh at yourself when your ideas fall flat. Laughter helps us take our mistakes more lightly and move on from them more easily. When we can laugh about what’s happening in life—or what happened last night or yesterday—it shows us that we’re still human and relatable, which makes it easier for others around us too!
Be grateful for small victories every day. Resilience isn’t always about huge wins; sometimes it’s simply getting through another day without feeling completely overwhelmed or beaten down by the world around you. That could mean anything from finishing a project on time (even if it wasn’t exactly what you’d hoped) or sticking up for yourself when someone else was rude toward you (even if they weren’t necessarily wrong). The point is simple: As long as there are small things happening in your life every day that help build up strength within yourself instead of taking away from it, then so much the better!
Smile at adversity – and admit when you don’t know what to do next
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be tempting to hide behind your pride and say “I know how to do this. I’ve been doing this for years!” But that’s not always the case. Sometimes you need help in order to see things clearly and make sense of them.
Admitting when you don’t know what next step is right for you can be difficult because we all want to feel like we’re good at something—and no one wants their skills questioned! But if your goal is resilience, then admitting that there are times when we need some help will actually help build those skills over time.
It’s also important not just admit when an action isn’t working out: if someone asks why everything isn’t working out within their scope of expertise (e.g., “Why aren’t these clothes working?”), then answer honestly without making excuses (“I don’t know why these clothes aren’t working; maybe it has something to do with my skin type?”).
Have a vision for your life, and let it fuel your actions today. Having a vision for your life is one of the most important things you can do to be more resilient. It will help you know where to focus your efforts and how to stay on track with those goals.
Here are some examples:
If you want to start exercising more, then create a vision for yourself that includes specific exercises like running or swimming. The point here is not just about exercising but also about making exercise part of your regular routine so it becomes second nature for you by default rather than something new every time around (which means less stress).
If you’ve been struggling with depression, create a vision for yourself that includes being happy and joyful even when things aren’t going well—even if this means seeing through people who say they care about us but really don’t or hearing what our friends have done wrong instead of focusing on their positive qualities (because those aren’t always easy either).
Let go of the past. The past is not where you are going; it’s where you’ve been, says Sood. Focus on the present instead, especially as you look toward the future.
“I’m not saying don’t learn from your mistakes—that would be crazy! But we need to focus on what’s happening now,” said Sood in an interview with The Huffington Post Canada last year.”
Forgive yourself and others. You’ll never be perfect, but you will become better if you forgive yourself for your mistakes without holding onto them for too long, suggests Sood. (And don’t forget to let go of grudges toward others so that their negative energy doesn’t drag you down.)
Forgive others. When people make mistakes or hurtful comments, it’s easy to hold onto those emotions as a way of keeping ourselves safe and protected from future pain—but this may not actually be helpful in the long run. Instead of letting go of what happened between two individuals at an emotional level (or even subconsciously), consider how much better off everyone would be if there was mutual understanding about why things went wrong in the first place; then try moving forward with an open mind instead of wallowing in anger or resentment toward someone else’s behavior toward you or another person involved in an argument with them later on down the line.”
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