In other words, it’s all about resilience.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from tough times, overcome adversity – and find the courage to continue. And the best part is, anyone can achieve it.
It’s a behaviour, a blend of thought and action that rests within all of us.
So if you’re struggling to cope in a challenging time, here are four ways to help you become more resilient… and conquer from within.
1. Practise acceptance
Let’s face it, prolonged denial does more harm than good.
It can cause anxiety and prevent you from seeking help. It can also drive you to neglect your emotions entirely – leaving you feeling empty and unsettled.
But through acceptance, you will naturally:
If you’re thinking to yourself, easier said than done, you’re absolutely right. Acceptance takes time, patience – and often the support of a professional.
However, here are some ideas to get you on the right track:
Remember, when you accept your current situation, you’re not surrendering. Rather, you’re allowing yourself to feel more, free your mind and step closer to greater happiness.
2. Connect and confide
Close relationships with friends and family can boost your resilience.
That’s because the care and affection from loved ones can ease your stress, strengthen your self-worth and lessen your mental load.
Here are some ways you can create a stronger support network:
3. Opt for optimism
Developing a positive outlook brings more than just a smile. It can also:
Although it’s not easy, one of the key ways to become more optimistic is to be realistic.
That means putting your troubles into a broader context and identifying pessimistic thoughts that have been blown out of proportion.
Once you uncover what’s unreasonable, you can dispute and correct them with more rational thinking.
4. Take care of yourself
This might sound simple. But during a challenging time, it can be one of the hardest things to do.
Nurturing your mind and body is an investment in yourself. By maintaining your wellbeing, you’ll be able to better cope with stressful situations and build greater resilience in the long run.
Some strategies for self-care include:
Need some help on your journey to resilience? The team at Positive Psychology is here for you. Call us on 1300 995 636 today.