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Resilience and mental health

Ways to build up your resilience

Written by Megan Stonecipher and posted in health

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What is resilience?

  • Resilience is the ability to overcome adversities, adapt, and keep going after something difficult has happened in your life.
  • Resilience is not a fixed trait, it is something that is constantly learned and developed.

Why is resilience important?

  • Resilience is important because when life gets hard, this is what we use in order to help get us back on our feet again.
  • It helps to make us stronger than we were before the conflict occurred.

Factors that make up resilience

  • Having healthy and supportive relationships with friends and family.
  • Having a positive outlook of yourself and your capabilities.
  • Having good communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Having the skills to effectively deal with strong emotions.

What are some ways to build up resilience?

  • Surround yourself with caring friends and family - psychologists say that surrounding yourself with people who will listen to you and support you is the most important way to build up resilience.  
  • Look at the bigger picture - try to look at the bigger picture and the long-term perspective during difficult times, this will help make sure that you don’t blow the adversity you are going through out of proportion.
  • Accept change- sometimes after adversities some goals will no longer be achievable, in these circumstances it is important to keep moving forward and create new goals that you aspire to achieve.
  • Be hopeful - optimistic attitudes are always a good thing to have, it helps you to focus on the good will happen in the future instead of worrying about the possible fears you have for the future.
  • Take care of yourself mentally and physically - it is always important to take care of your mental and physical health during and after adversities, if you are not mentally and/or physically healthy it can make facing adversity much more harder than it needs to be.
  • Reflect on events from the past - take time to look at difficult events that have happened in your past and see how you addressed and reacted to them, then specifically look at the strategies that you used that were effective and try to apply those in future arduous situations.

Keep in mind that everyone deals with adversities in different ways.  So what might work for someone else might not be the best option for you.  Although everyone doesn’t deal with difficult times in the same way, remember that resilience is always important in helping you overcome your adversities.  Everyone is capable of being resilient because it involves behaviors and thoughts that can be learned and developed by anyone.  Take time to think about the strategies that work best for you to help build your resilience, and remember that building resilience is a continuous process.

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Published June 13th, 2017
Last updated June 14th, 2017
Tags mental health resilience wellbeing
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