Life is unexpected, scary and involves traumatic events at times. These traumatic experiences can include the passing of a loved one, loss of employment, serious illness, as well as other stressful upsetting events. Individuals deal with traumatic experiences differently. Over time many will learn to adapt well to life changing and traumatic experiences. This is called resilience. So, what is the importance of resilience?
Resilience can be defined as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences.
Therefore, there are many reasons why resilience is important. Resilience enables individuals to develop protective factors against traumatic experience. It helps to keep balance in our lives and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties and issues. Resilience develops over time but the following are some helpful tips for you to learn how to be more resilient.
Build Good Relationships
Building and maintaining good close relationships with friends and family is essential. However, you need to be able to accept the help and support that comes along with these relationships. This will strengthen your resilience by being able to talk to someone who cares.
Encourage yourself to hold a positive view of yourself. Building confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.
Having a positive view will help you to imagine that good things will happen in your future. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
Even when tackling difficult and upsetting situations, attempt to think of the situation and your life in a bigger perspective.
Take Care of Yourself
Take notice to what you need and feel. Discover the things that you find enjoyable and relaxing. Doing this will help keep your mind and body prepared to tackle traumatic experiences.
Discovering how to be more resilient can be one of the best ways to tackle possible traumatic events that you may face.
Written by Alannagh Kelly