Cultivating resilience Cultivating resilience

This frequently used term refers to the ability to adapt and recover from difficult life situations.

Being resilient allows for better physical and mental health when facing life’s challenges, states the Mayo Clinic. Improving this ability helps reduce stress and anxiety, promote positive thinking, and contribute to self-understanding.

The  American Psychological Association lists 10 guidelines for developing resilience.

–     Establish quality relationships: strengthen bonds with family members, friends, and with your community. Accept help and company.

–    Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable: while there will always be inevitable situations, you can change your reaction to them.

–      Accept change: focus on what you can control.

     Develop realistic goals: ask yourself what you can achieve today.

      Act decisively: decide to approach the situation from the best possible perspective.

–      Know yourself: learn from lessons and discover yourself on a personal level.

–   Increase your self-esteem and self-confidence: believe in yourself and in your own ability to solve problems.

–      Keep things in perspective: consider facts in a broader context without exaggerating them.

–      Stay hopeful: an optimistic view makes way for good things.

–     Take care of yourself: pay attention to your needs, desires, and interests.

Read also: Overcoming trauma through resilience