Building Resilience in Life
Learning resiliency is something that is emphasized in children’s growth and for good reason. Resilience, the ability to bounce back from things that are challenging or emotional, is critical for a child’s healthy development.
But what about resiliency for adults? If resilience isn’t something that was learned at a young age, can it be fostered as an adult? Here are some tips for building resistance, even when developmental years are long gone–
Being optimistic is ideal for resilience, as it can help you to find the positive side of an otherwise negative or challenging situation. For many people, being optimistic doesn’t come naturally. You can improve your optimism by making a conscious choice to think about the positives.
Stop Taking Things Personally
Not taking things personally is one of the most challenging things to do. However, if you take every bad thing that happens personally, it will be much harder to restore your emotional energy to the point necessary to move forward. For resiliency, start thinking about the fact that when something happens, it is likely that the reason for it happening has nothing to do with who you are.
Surround Yourself with Others, and Participate in Your Community
One of the ways to improve your resiliency is to surround yourself with friends, family and community you can count on. However, don’t just surround yourself and then expect your friends/family to support you when you need something if you don’t support them as well. Being an active member of your community who practices altruism and who has a sense of purpose leads to higher levels of resiliency.
What do you think about your resiliency? Are you able to bounce back when something bad happens?