As we all learn to navigate through unprecedented challenges in both our work and home lives, it is resilience that can carry us through. Resilience doesn’t remove pain and strife from your life. But it does boost your ability to handle any challenges that come your way.
Resilient people tend to be happier, since they don’t let circumstances dictate their mood. Intriguing research suggests they’re healthier, too. Resilience has been associated with positive outcomes such as better mental health in people who have physical illness or have been through trauma, and a reduced risk for hospitalization.
Experts aren’t entirely sure why this is. Resilient people may take more positive action to manage their health. But biological factors, like genes and hormones, may also play a role.
Learn how to bounce back
Each person’s pathway to resilience looks different. Try one or more of these strategies to build your perseverance toolkit:
- Recall your triumphs: In the midst of a trying time, recall a past challenge you’ve conquered. You were strong enough to handle that hardship—and you’re even stronger because of it.
- See obstacles as opportunities: In the end, each setback represents a chance to shine. Many people report better relationships, more self-worth, and a greater appreciation for life after difficulties. You can seek out your own silver lining.
- Take small steps: You might not be able to tackle a huge problem all at once. But making even one small move toward a solution can help you take steps toward bigger goals.
- Practice self-compassion: Instead of judging or blaming yourself for problems, treat yourself kindly. Consider how you would console a friend in the same situation.
- Prioritize self-care: Proper stress management, rest, and exercise boost your ability to cope.
- Seek support: Resilience doesn’t mean being strong enough to handle burdens alone. Rather, it involves reaching out for help when you need it.