Do you need to be more resilient? No, you don’t need to be but if you want to be happier, less stressed or more successful then yes, you do! It doesn’t matter how talented or intelligent you are if you’re not resilient you’ll never make the most of your abilities.
Think about the five most successful people you know. The chances are they’re talented AND resilient.
Some people are naturally resilient, others learn to be resilient. Here are 6 things you can do to be more resilient:
1 | Stay in contact with others
When times are tough, it’s natural to withdraw from others but that’s when you need people more. Give up the idea that strong people don’t talk about their problems. It takes strength to ask for help. Find the courage to reach out to someone you trust
2 | Have high hopes
It’s easier to stand strong when you expect things to improve. Look back on a past tough time in your life. Haven’t things always improved? When you know better times are ahead it’s easier to be resilient. Focus on a positive outcome.
3 | Take care of yourself
No matter what is going on in your life, you still need food, rest, love, exercise, and fun. Take good care of yourself and you’ll be in a better position to weather the storms. Start putting yourself ahead of others on your list of people to look after.
4 | Make a plan
It’s easier to stay strong or bounce back when you’re doing something to make progress, rather than passively waiting for things to get better. If there is something constructive you can do, do it.
5 | Give yourself mental breaks
No matter how resilient you may be, take regular breaks to recharge your batteries. What is your favourite way to take a mental break? You could watch a movie, read a book, or go play horseshoes with a friend. Do whatever works for you and schedule it in so you don’t keep putting it off.
6 | Surround yourself with resilient people
You become more like the people you spend the most time with. Make sure you make wise choices when it comes to who you spend time with. You’ll become a stronger person if you surround yourself with strong people. Find people you want to be more like.
Most people spend their time trying to improve their skills but it might be more productive to learn how to apply those skills regardless of the situation. What could you do with your life if you were the most resilient person you knew? For a start, you’d be happier and less stressed