We are living in a time of high stress which can wreak havoc on all things: mental, emotional, physical, social, and emotional health. Resilience is the ability to recover from difficulties and hardships. Though it is tough, it is a good reminder that it is temporary. So, as I sit here tirelessly trying to make my way through life’s current events, I try to remember these six tips for boosting resilience during times of stress.
- When in struggle, it is best to take a positive, decisive approach with your actions. By using this approach, it will build your confidence and empower you to take control of the struggle rather than letting it control you.
- Self discovery…“the process of acquiring insight into one’s own character.” As powerful as that sounds, it is something we find ourselves forgetting. Throughout my journey in resilience, I’m learning that self care is key. As we overcome some of the toughest times in our lives, self discovery can shine light onto what matters. Pull out your inner strength to overcome those obstacles and let your light shine. What are some ways to dig deeper into self-discovery? Getting in touch with your emotions. Journaling. Therapy. Exercising. Most importantly, being vulnerable and getting in touch with those feelings.
- Hopeful by definition means to have the feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event…holding onto hope brings calm during a storm.
- Moving forward towards your goals helps identify what truly is important to you. As my father always said—never give up. You may have to fall down five times before you can stand up six, which, in return, builds resilience.
- Communication is key. Along my journey with resilience, I have realized it is vital to communicate your thoughts, feelings, and needs regularly and effectively. Do you find it hard to talk to others?
- Keep things in perspective. It can be easy to have tunnel vision…which causes us to lose perspective and we can end up worrying for hours about things that may never happen. Focus on the now!
Here are a few resources that can help on your journey:
- Child and Family Behavioral Health
- Map of the Community Mental Health Services Programs
- CMHA COVID-19 Resources