We have long known the importance of resilience, but now especially in the face of the uncertainly the entire world is grappling with, it has become a buzzword. But what is resilience? And more importantly, how does one build it?
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to cope with adversity healthily and bounce back from it. It is the ability to adjust to change. In the current scenario, resilience would mean the adapting to the changes brought on by the pandemic; dealing with the challenges as a result of the lockdown rather than focusing on the drawbacks and restrictions, and adjusting to the new normal.
Optimism, adaptability, acceptance and self-efficacy are factors of resilience among many others. Some individuals learn these concepts early on in life, while others are yet to. The good news is that resilience is not in-born; it’s something that we all can learn.
How to build resilience?
Much like toning one’s muscles, building resilience is a process that needs consistent effort and practice.
Strong supportive relationships have been found to have a high correlation with resilience, so taking the time and effort to invest in relationships within and outside the family is a good place to start.
Self-care is also important. Doing things for one’s own personal growth, developing a hobby, doing things that are relaxing, eating well and exercising regularly are all habits that need to be inculcated.
A change in perspective is called for at a time like this - a change in how we look at and are therefore affected by things that happen around us. It calls us to focus on the aspects within our control and adapt to the ones that are outside our control. For example, the outbreak of covid19 is not under one’s control, but a resilient individual would address the specific difficulties faced and try to work around those factors (take reasonable precautions, avoid going out, make the most of time available at home) rather than get overwhelmed by the fear and anxiety it brings in its wake.
We at ResilienceWorks are strong believers that resilience does work. By understanding concerns, their consequences and becoming self-aware, we are likely to feel more in control of our emotions, thoughts and behaviours. We are likely to become resilient.
If you or your loved ones are struggling to cope with these changing times, our counsellors are here to help.
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