Resiliency is a word that many of us might associate with big achievements or coming back after a significant challenge. While both of those associations are appropriate and common, we may not think of everyday activities as incorporating resiliency. But they should – and they do, we just might not always recognize it.
So, what kinds of daily habits, places or activities could you incorporate into your life to make you more resilient? Think of it as a bank you can draw from – the more reserves you have built up, the more resources you have when an unexpected “expense” (think stressful situation or event) comes up in your life.
Here’s a few things you can do to build resiliency in your daily life.
- Accept that change is a part of life – The world around us is changing every moment, but you can control how you respond to those changes in a positive way.
- Develop personal goals – Make some realistic goals for your future and make every day an opportunity to take a step toward them. No matter how small the steps may be, they all help push you toward the goal you want to achieve.
- Develop a positive self-image – Nurturing confidence in yourself and trust in your ability to make good decisions can help you feel empowered and in control of the situation.
- Take care of yourself – Pay close attention to your feelings and needs by following a healthy diet, getting proper rest and managing your stress levels with activities you find relaxing. Self-care keeps your mind and body healthy and able to be more prepared for challenges.
- Stay positive – Feeling optimistic starts with visualizing positive outcomes. Focusing your mind on a hopeful outlook can help you overcome stressful situations.
Want to learn more about resiliency? Check out this article about how Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) is helping to support resiliency projects in schools.