Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from challenges, setbacks, and stressors. Just like a muscle in your body, you can strengthen your ability to be resilient. Developing a capacity for resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions.
The following list of practices can support your ability to build resilience:
Seek social connections and support. Relationships with close family members and friends are important. Then accept their help and support. Helping others also often benefits the helper.
Clarify values and do what matters. Think about what your priorities are and what must be done first. Be ready to change if situations change.
Deal with a crisis by taking one step at a time. Manage big issues by looking at the necessary actions one at a time, and then placing them within reasonable timeframes.
Accept change. By acknowledging circumstances that you cannot change you can better focus your energies on those you can change or improve.
Take action. Instead of avoiding problems or stressors, take action and address them directly whenever you can.
Look for opportunities for self-discovery. Reflect on how you may have grown based on the challenges you have experienced.
Think positively about yourself. By focusing on your strengths, you can develop trust in your instincts and confidence in your problem-solving abilities.
Take care of yourself. By practicing practical self-care habits, you can keep your body primed to respond to stressful situations. Examples include paying attention to your feelings, exercising regularly, and taking time for the activities you enjoy.