Think of an elastic band – how it stretches when put under stress but then returns to its original shape. This is resilience!
Lauren Turner one of Leigh Joy Inspires and Associates self-care online workshop trainers says that resilience is the ability to cope with stress and challenges and “return to balance” quickly from an adversity that comes your way.
She suggests that we do the following:
- Build Your Support System – Being resilient to stress includes having a strong support network – Who are these people for you? Engage with them and discuss the value you add to each other’s lives.
- Confront Your Fears – Fears hold a lot of power when we hide from them, so facing them can being hugely beneficial in developing more emotional resilience. Identify your fears, think about why they have power over you and the impact no longer avoiding them would have on your wellbeing.
- Evaluate Your Thoughts – Start a daily self-reflective practice such as keeping a journal. Become aware of your own thoughts and where patterns of unhelpful thinking can be improved on.
- Control Your Destiny – You are in the driver’s seat of your own life. Focus on what you can control and how you respond to what is not in your control. Accept responsibility and accountability for your own actions.
- Regularly Forgive Yourself, and Move On – Let go of grudges and regret. Practice self-compassion. Deliberately forgive yourself, wipe the slate clean and move forward.
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