How can I improve my resilience?
The American Psychology Association has described methods to build personal resilience.
A few of them are described below:
- Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Having empathic listeners and accepting help and support from those who care about you strengthens your resilience.
Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations, or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need can also benefit the helper.
- Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on those circumstances that you can alter.
- React to adverse situations as well as you can. Take decisive actions instead of detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away.
- An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
- Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.
Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful. For example, some people write about their deepest thoughts and feelings related to trauma or other stressful events in their life. Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope.