- On February 20, 2020
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Resilience: What Does it Mean?
When you look at this picture do you think?
- It has survived despite the environment it lives in.
- Imagine how bigger it could grow if it was in a better place.
- This flower has had to evolve to survive in this environment.
All the answers are applicable in their own way. But, do you want to just survive, or do you want to thrive? Resilience is not static, it can be damaged, reduced or built on depending on the situation. You were born with it and it can develop over time and increase because of experiences we have lived and learnt through.
Resilience refers to how well you can deal with and bounce back from the difficulties of life. It can mean the difference between handling pressure and losing your cool. Resilience people tend to maintain a more positive outlook and cope with stress more effectively.
Research has shown that while some people seem to come by resilience naturally, these behaviours can also be learned. Whether you’re going through a tough time now or you want to be prepared for the next one, here are some ideas.
I was reading a very interesting article by Kendra Cherry, (2020) 10 Ways to Enhance Your Resilience (verywellmind.com) She gives a very clear and understandable message on 10 techniques you can focus on in order to boost your resilience.
- Find a sense of purpose in your life.
- Concentrate and build on your abilities.
- Create a strong social network.
- Embrace change, be flexible and adapt.
- Be optimistic.
- Look after and nurture yourself.
- Develop problem-solving skills.
- Set some goals, short or long-term.
- Take action – make progress
- Build on the skills you have, because you do have them.
Take time, have a good think about each one, and then try them out.
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