Building ResistanceResilience can help you see past your problems and make you better prepared to handle stressors. Being resilient can also guard against depression and anxiety or help you cope if you already have a mental health condition. The good news is that anyone can develop the trait of resilience. Resilience and optimism can be increased through:
- Building supportive relationships. Studies have shown that this is a significant part of resilience. These relationships can come through family and friends or they can be formed through other sources, such as your spiritual community, hobby groups or volunteering. Being accepted increases your confidence and provides you with encouragement when you are struggling.
- Being of service to others. Aside from distracting you from your own problems and letting you feel good about helping people, volunteering boosts serotonin levels to make you feel happier.
- Keeping a positive outlook. Accept that stressful things are part of life. Try to look past the problems you are currently going through and focus on the future, when you know things will be better.
- Setting realistic goals and working toward them. Taking small steps over time allows you to reach your goal and get past seemingly unbeatable challenges.
- Acting on your problems, whenever possible. Some things can’t be changed, but how you choose to fight adversity can help keep you from being a victim. Research for answers, develop a plan to overcome your difficulties. Sometimes, the simple act of doing something positive can help you feel more optimistic.
- Drawing on past experiences to build your resilience. Think about the last time you faced something difficult. What helped you move past the trauma? Who helped you by being supportive? What made you feel hopeful?
- Nurturing yourself. Get your sleep. Eat healthy foods. Work on your hobbies. Learn relaxation techniques, like mindfulness or yoga – both have been proven to reduce stress.
- Being proactive. Allow yourself to mourn your loss or feel distressed, but recognize when it’s time to take action and move forward.