A CEO or a newly hired intern, a film star or an aspiring artist, a teacher or a student, all of us no matter who we are or where we live, will all experience difficult moments in our lives. Any sort of an emotional or material loss makes us feel vulnerable. In times like these when you lose someone or something, it’s natural to feel lost. In your most vulnerable times, learning how to build your resilience is key to helping you move forward.
How To Build Your Resilience
As a concept, the American psychological association defines resilience as follows:
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. (via)
Here are some ways in which you can build your resilience, and learn to cope with tough times.
1. Build Meaningful Conversations and Connections
In a lifetime, we often connect strongly with 150 or less people. Knowing who belongs to your tribe, and which community you belong to, is essential. In times of adversity, such as the loss of a loved one, seek help from your true community. Use private channels of communication as safe spaces to grow.
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2. Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is essential- not just in a crisis but also in everyday life.
- Try your best to focus on your needs and what matters most to you even in the midst of a difficult situation.
- Invest time and energy in yourself and trust your instincts.
- Take some time to reflect on favorite memories and positive associations.
- Work towards a solution instead of dwelling on the problem.
- Stay hopeful and believe in your strength.
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3. Practice Gratitude
Difficult moments in our lives offer opportunities to learn and grow.
- Allow yourself time to reflect on how your life has been impacted by someone or something.
- Focus on the lessons learned.
- Give yourself credit for staying strong, and thank the people around you who’ve supported you.
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What are some of the things you’ve learned in tough times? How have you built a resilient attitude? Share your comments below.