Resilience the capacity to recover from difficulties

The past year has been a universally difficult one for everyone. We’ve been confronted with creating and adapting to new ways of learning, working and living our lives amid stressors that we have never experienced before. But for all the hardship the new year ushered in, 2020 has also provided a unique opportunity to reflect.
Its lessons are many

The human spirit is capable of withstanding an incredible amount of stress. Large segments of the economy have been destroyed and lives have been lost. And even for those of us fortunate enough to have our health and the privilege of a stable job, our lives and routines have been completely upended. But in large, we’ve adjusted. We’ve adapted and we will emerge with a far greater appreciation for a way of life that can be easily taken for granted. This is called resilience.

Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship. It is the mental reservoir of strength that people are able to call on in times of need to carry them through without falling apart. Psychologists believe that resilient individuals are better able to handle such adversity and rebuild their lives after a catastrophe. What Is Resilience? Have you ever wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of disaster while others appear to come undone? People that can keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks and recover from difficulties.

Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges. Instead of falling into despair or hiding from problems with unhealthy coping strategies, resilient people face life’s difficulties head-on. This does not mean that they experience less distress, grief, or anxiety than other people do. It means that they handle such difficulties in ways that foster strength and growth. In many cases, they may emerge even stronger than they were before.

Those who lack this resilience may instead become overwhelmed by such experiences. They may dwell on

problems and use unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with life’s challenges.

How to Build Resilience –
Fortunately, resilience is something that you can build both in yourself and in your children. Here are some of the important steps that you can take to become more resilient:

Reframe Your Thoughts –
Resilient people are able to look at negative situations realistically, but in a way that doesn’t center on blame or brooding over what cannot be changed. Instead of viewing adversity as insurmountable, focus on looking for small ways that you can tackle the problem and
make changes that will help.

Seek Support –
Having people you can trust and confide in is important for building resilience. Discussing things with other people can also help you gain insight or even new ideas that might help you better manage the challenges you’re dealing with.

Focus on What You Can Control –
When faced with a crisis or problem, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the things that feel far beyond your control. Instead of wishing there was some way you could go back in time or change things, try focusing only on the things that are in your control. Even when the situation seems dire, take realistic steps to help improve the situation. No matter how small these steps may be, they can improve your sense of control and resilience.

Resilience is an important ability and something that you can get better at with time. Start by practicing some resilience-building skills in your daily life. Developing a positive outlook, having a strong support system, and taking active steps to make things better can go a long way toward becoming more resilient in the face of life’s challenges.

WOW Magazine – Living May 2021

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