RESILIENCE: The capacity to recover from difficulties; toughness. Elasticity.
Six tips to improve your resilience:
- Get connected
Building strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends virtually can provide you with needed support and acceptance in both good times and bad. Establish other important connections by joining a faith or spiritual community online.
- Make every day personally meaningful.
Do something that gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose every day. Set goals to help you look toward the future with meaning.
- Learn from experience.
Think of how you’ve coped with hardships in the past. Consider the skills and strategies that helped you through rough times. You might even write about past experiences in a journal to help you identify positive and negative behavior patterns — and guide your future behavior.
- Remain hopeful.
You can’t change current events, but you can always look toward the future. Accepting and even anticipating change makes it easier to adapt and view new challenges with less anxiety.
- Take care of yourself.
Tend to your own needs and feelings. Participate in activities and hobbies you enjoy. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Get plenty of sleep. Eat a healthy diet. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing or prayer.
- Be proactive.
Don’t ignore your problems. Instead, figure out what needs to be done, make a plan, and take action. Whether it’s job hunting, completing training or classes online, or networking, it can help set the future as we come out of this challenging situation. Although it can take time to recover from a major setback, traumatic event or loss, know that your future situation can improve if you work at it a little bit daily in the here and now.