I can’t get my head around what is happening in the world right now.
In truth, I think we are all struggling with the length of time this virus is controlling how we live and who we see. And that is not considering the everyday stressors we all deal with and haven’t gone away, some made more difficult. We all need to build our resilience.
Resilience is key to survive in an ever changing and fast paced world.
So how can I help you?
A lot of my spare time has been focused on dealing with my demons. Let’s face it, it was hard to run from them during total lockdown. My heart goes out to those in local lockdowns. In dealing with these demons I have found some great techniques that help build strengths in many areas. One of those being resilience.
So, what is resilience?
Definition of resilience
resilience /rɪˈzɪlɪəns / (also resiliency)
▸ noun [mass noun]
1 the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness:
the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions.
2 the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity:
nylon is excellent in wearability, abrasion resistance and resilience.
Why is Resilience Important?
Resilience helps us to protect ourselves against overwhelming experiences. This can also protect us from mental health difficulties and maintain balance during stressful periods. The world today is stressful. I am still learning and resilience building daily. But some of these ideas may help you too.
How can You be More Resilient?
In a nutshell – look after your wellbeing. Follow us on Instagram to see how we deal with and cope with day to day stressors.
- Use relaxation techniques
- I have many, my current favourite activities are meditation and mindfulness, particularly mindful walks. Comment with any of your favourites.
- Develop your interests and hobbies.
- I often refer to my photography as my therapy. What do you like to do? Be proud of your interests, variety is the spice of life. As long as it is something that brings you joy.
- Make time for friends
- Even with social distancing measures, there are many ways to connect. Sometimes a voice is all we need, to know we are not alone.
- Find balance in your life
- Are you a workaholic? Do you sacrifice often for your family? Don’t be frightened to ask for help and find time just for you. Self care is not selfish it is essential.
- Look after your body
- We all know how important it is to sleep well, eat well and exercise. No surprise this works for resilience too.
- Self affirmations
- Reward yourself for your achievements, even small ones.
- Breaks are important
- Be this 5 minutes to gather your thoughts, or a full blown holiday. A break from routine is good for the soul.
- Resolve conflicts
- I was always taught never go to sleep on an argument. I still try to do this wherever possible.
- Build your support network
- We all struggle from time to time, you are not alone or a burden.
- And finally but most importantly forgive yourself!
- Putting extra pressure on yourself doesn’t help. If you didn’t achieve your goals or made a mistake; what challenges did you overcome? And what did you learn? Beating yourself up gets you nowhere.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Even small steps help us move toward our goals and building our resilience.