The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow
“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.”
American Psychological Association
Resilience and Optimism
What is this world coming to? This is a common reaction to hearing about violent acts occurring around the world and in our own backyards. With so much negativity surrounding us lately, it can be difficult to stay positive. Is there a way to be resilient?
Life is full of challenges and difficulties, but there is nothing in life that cannot be overcome. Looking back at history, many older generations can tell you of the issues the world faced in their time. Life finds a way to go on.
Humans by nature are resilient. We are survivors! We have been stretched and bent and torn apart, but we always bounce back. We find a way to adapt to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. There are some people who fall and jump right back up and there are others who just can’t see how to get back up. We all have the ability to foster resilience.
Here are some ways to build resilience:
- · Be Optimistic: Build up your positive attitude; acknowledge the bad, but learn to find the silver lining.
- · Develop Your Problem-Solving Skills: See your difficulties and challenges as opportunities to learn, grow and evolve. Ask yourself, “What have I learned from this problem?” “What are some solutions?”
- · Take Care Yourself: Eat well, sleep well, and exercise regularly – good health is important to both mental and emotional resilience. Spend time with your loved ones to gain support and encouragement.
- · Embrace Change: Accept that change is a part of life. By accepting what you can’t change, can allow you to focus on the things you can change.
- · Keep Your Sense of Humor: Remember the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Humor can help you to be more forgiving and less angry. It can also help you keep a positive outlook through difficult times. Plus laughter makes you feel good!
Enjoy life! Control what you can control, accept what you cannot. This increases your ability to roll with the punches. When life gets too difficult, find ways to build your resilience by seeking support and encouragement from friends and family or self-help support groups in your local area. If you’re having difficulty finding progress on your road to resilience, call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 to schedule your no-cost counseling appointment. We are here to help.
· American Psychological Association
· Psychology Today – 10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People
· Psychology Today – 25 Ways to Boost Resilience
· EAS Webinar w/Dr. Price – Fostering Resilience
Fostering Resilience Webinar
· HelpGuide – Laughter is the Best Medicine
· Mindtools – Developing Resilience