There is something admirable about people who are resilient and keep going no matter what obstacles they face.
Stories of struggle often become lessons in how to stay strong, be persistent and solve problems in order to achieve goals. The term “resilient” is often used to describe someone who has been through difficult challenges and has been able to overcome them.
What is Resilience?
In it’s simplest definition, resilience is someone’s capacity to deal with, adapt and overcome challenges in life.
These challenges can be everyday stresses, trauma, tragedy or any significant emotional event that will require someone to use their mental and emotional strength to get through them.
Why is Resilience Important?
There are many benefits to having a higher level of resiliency and these include:
- It will develop our mental strength.
- It will increase our self-confidence.
- It will cause us to learn more and develop more of ourselves.
- It will help us develop more patience.
- It will help us clarify our priorities.
The more we can develop our ability to be resilient, the greater the likelihood we will overcome our challenges with more ease and a lot less stress.
Someone who I consider was resilient was Mother Teresa. Despite being exposed to challenging work and living conditions, Mother Teresa was able to make a positive impact in the lives of many poor and disadvantaged people.
Even though in her later years of life she experienced health challenges, she stayed true and committed to her mission in life. As a result of the work she did throughout her life, she was given the honour of being remembered as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
5 Ways to Become More Resilient
There are things we can focus on to develop a greater level of resiliency, which will help us deal with our struggles a lot better.
- Take better care of your overall health. Mental health is now receiving the attention it deserves because it affects our emotional and physical health as well. The more we practice mindfulness techniques and also look after our physical health, we will build a greater tolerance for adversity in life.
- Create a strong support network. During challenging times, we need people for emotional and mental support. These are people who can be there for us and lift us up when we’re not at our best. Our peer network can guide or coach us to remain strong and focus on what’s going right.
- Continuously learn. This can include gaining new knowledge, acquiring new skills and becoming more aware of our patterns and behaviours. As we learn and apply what we’re learning to our experiences, we’ll find that we will be able to handle whatever comes our way. Our self-confidence and self-belief will also increase.
- Be willing to be uncomfortable. Most of our challenges will cause us to grow in some way, that initially may appear to be uncomfortable. We can learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable by making difficult decisions or taking new risks.
- Stay committed to what matters most. Our challenges and struggles can often put things in better perspective and reveal what we’re giving our attention to. We always have the choice to shift our focus on what we want and continue to take action towards that. As we stay focused on what’s important, things will fall away as they will appear to be no longer relevant.
Becoming more resilient can be learned and developed over time. As we do, our ability to deal with setbacks, disappointments or tragedy will be a lot better, which means we won’t let those experiences slow us down or stop us from living the life we want.
Question: What is another way to develop more resilience in life?
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