How Can I Improve my Resilience?

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How can I improve my resilience? 

Throughout our lifetime, we will all face challenges, difficulties, tragedies, and unpleasant events that might make us question the beauty of life. However, if we have the right mindset, everything can be overcome and happiness can be achieved.

So, if you are on a path of self-improvement, continue reading about resilience and how it can help you become a stronger person. 

What is resilience?

Resilience is our ability to deal with the hard and challenging circumstances that life throws our way. It is the process of learning, adapting, and overcoming everyday trials and tribulations. It is our inner strength that allows us to bounce back and keep pushing, even when things get tough.

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
― Steve Maraboli

Why is resilience important?

We tend to believe that we are in complete control of our lives, but we are often faced with a different reality. Time and time again, things happen that are out of our control, and when life doesn’t go our way, it is normal to experience negative emotions. However, it is important to remember that although we can’t control what happens to us, we do have control over how we deal with it. 

Resilience is a weapon that allows us to put things into perspective, create a plan on how to cope with situations, and stop us from spiraling downward when we become victims of circumstance. 

Resilience is an essential tool in coping with life. The alternative is allowing ourselves to be a slave to life’s disappointments.

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”
― Germany Kent

Ways to build resilience

Resilience is something that needs to be learned, acquired and practiced. We need to choose to form a mindset that is resilient and strong… we are not born with it. If we want to be better equipped to handle life, we need to focus on building resilience. Here are some ways that have been found useful for starting the learning process: 

  • Become part of a community, connect with people, and find a group of people that you can use as your support system when you need help. Knowing we have that established can be a strength in itself. 
  • Find your passion and purpose, so you can do something each day that gives you satisfaction. 
  • Avoid negative and unnecessary information that harms your optimism. 
  • Practice mindfulness and gratitude … so that you can put things into perspective, which will help you overcome challenges more easily.

Now let’s take a look at strategies that we can implement on your journey to building resilience.

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”
― Jodi Picoult

Strategies to build resilience

Become social: We can meet like-minded people just by hanging out in places where we enjoy spending time and by gathering the courage to commence interactions. For instance, if we enjoy the arts, we can visit galleries or sign up for classes. If we are into sports, we can join a local club or go to parks where people are playing sports. This will present opportunities to strike up conversations … and slowly expand our circle of friends. 

Being sociable is a sacrifice, as I see it. I really don’t like to be. But it is necessary and worth it.” – Varg Vickernes

Focus on self-discovery: If we have not found our passion yet, make it a priority to spend some time by ourselves and explore. Start doing activities that we have not previously done, ensuring we don’t limit ourselves by avoiding activities that we feel we are not good at. It is possible to enjoy painting even if we suck at it. 

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. “ – Jackson Pollock

Start volunteering: It is always a good idea to volunteer and lend a helping hand. Not only will we receive a sense of satisfaction, psychologists suggest that volunteering activates the reward center in our brain and releases serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, which is why so many people feel better after volunteering. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with people who are like-minded and passionate about helping. 

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more H. Jackson Brown Jr

Filter daily information: It is a fact of life that social media is prominent in our day-to-day lives. However, the constant consumption of dramatic, negative information is not good for our brain.  We need to give our brains a break and take time off from our phones. It can be important to try and limit our consumption of information and be mindful of the type of content we consume. By paying attention to how certain content makes us feel, we can avoid information which drags us down… and hinders our ability to bounce back!

Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than yesterday’s newspaper “ – Edward Abbey

Remember..

 Life will continue to present us with challenging circumstances. That is a given and we have absolutely no control over it.

Equally set in stone is the fact that a mindset of acceptance, adaptability and resilience is the strongest weapon we have against those challenges.

Get out there…and start building that weapon !

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