Resilience is an individual’s ability to recover, change and adapt appropriately in the face of adversity. Resilient people are able to utilise their skills and strengths to cope with problems and challenges, such as job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce or the death of a loved one.
By developing your personal resilience you will be able to handle unforeseen crises better and also recover more quickly.
Tip 1: Build strong relationships
Connecting with family, friends, colleagues and members of the community ensures a network of support, so that you will never have to feel that you have to face something alone. You will be able to handle situations better through the advice, guidance and support of your friends.
Tip 2: Look after your own well-being
Get enough rest and exercise; this will maintain your health, put you in a more positive frame of mind and eliminate the additional stress of poor health or fatigue. Set up a plan to ensure your finances are under control to also minimise stress related to money problems. Do things you enjoy that make you feel good and positive.
Tip 3: Identify your strengths
Focus on your strengths and accomplishments. Becoming more confident about your own ability to respond and deal with crises is a great way to build resilience for the future. By practicing your problem-solving skills on a regular basis, you will be better prepared to cope when a serious challenge emerges.
Tip 4: Embrace change
Circumstances are always going to change; change is a natural process and can be for the better. Take control of the situation to make positive and decisive actions to move you toward your goals. See how you can benefit from the change and use it to your advantage if possible. By learning how to be more adaptable, you’ll be better equipped to respond when faced with a life crisis.
Tip 5: Put things into perspective
When something goes wrong, put it into perspective and do not let one bad thing affect all areas of your life. This will also help you isolate the problem to help you deal with it better. By isolating the problem it may also help you take on a more positive and optimistic view and change it into the direction you want it to go.
Resilience does not eliminate stress or take away life’s difficulties. Instead, it gives people the strength to tackle problems head on, overcome adversity and move on with their lives.