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In Stress and Coping

8 Ways to Build Psychological Resilience

In my previous post I was talking about psychological resilience which can be defined as “bouncing back” from difficult experiences and successfully adapting while facing a stressful event.

 Now, I would like to present you 8 ways to built resilience that can be learned and developed in anyone.

The first way is to make connections. We all know that good relationships with close family member, friends, co-workers and other people you have to deal with on a day-to-day basis are very important for our well-being. Surveys shows that some people feel healthier when they are actively participating in civic groups, faith-based organisations and other social groups where vicious support is a core feature.

 The second way is to avoid perceiving a stressful event as overwhelming. We cannot change a challenge situation that has already happened. But, we can change our view to the problem: just look beyond the present and apply the “helicopter view” I have talked in one of my previous post. This helps you to feel how future circumstances might be a little better.

 The third way is to apply a philosophical acceptance of a stressful event, accepting the challenge as a part of living. What does not kill us makes us stronger…

 The fourth way is to set-up realistic goals and to move towards achieving them. To achieve our goals, we need to make small steps. Each step should be a decisive action aimed at solving the problem you are facing, rather then making actions that would detach you completely from the problem and stress just wishing they would vanish by themselves.

 The fifth way is to look for opportunities for self-discovery. People often learn something about themselves and find that they have grown in some respect, increased sense of self-worth, a more developed spirituality and heightened appreciation for life as a result of their struggle with obstacles.

The sixth way is to nurture a positive view of yourself through increasing confidence in your ability to solve problems.

The seventh way is to maintain a hopeful outlook through visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.

The eighth way is to take care of yourself, paying attention to your own needs and feelings. You can engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly.

Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful. Some people write about their deepest thoughts and feelings related to trauma or other stressful events in their life. Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope. The key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for fostering psychological resilience.

 

Based on American Psychological Association

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