What is Resilience and How to Develop it?
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The Power of Being Resilient
Resilience shows us that the ability to be happy does not depend on purely objective criteria of well-being.
Human beings often develop the capacity to feel stimulated by their life and able to progress in it even in situations in which they have suffered a hard blow: after being without work for several years, suffering from a serious illness, losing several relatives at the same time, etc.
When we are resilient, we connect with that part of ourselves capable of modifying our thought patterns and habits to get out of a bad situation that we did not expect and, although during the process we do not feel 100% in control of our lives, we can learning about what works and what doesn't work to feel good and get things back on track.
Not everyone in the world develops resilience every time they go through really bad times, but the good news is that this capacity can be strengthened and trained, just like any type of behavior. Let's see how this is accomplished.
What does resilience mean?
In the field of psychology, resilience is a concept that has to do with a set of abilities and psychological predispositions that allow us to overcome crisis situations (collective or individual) and adapt to this new context, facing challenges.
In other words, people who have developed a good level of resilience suffer the bad times they have to live through, but they do not allow themselves to be paralyzed by this discomfort, and they manage to modify their behavior and their way of thinking in a constructive way, without giving up the ability to be happy or find fulfillment in everyday life.
Strategies to increase resilience
As we go, the most effective way to build resilience is clearly psychotherapy; Anyway, there are also some habits and strategies that you can apply in your day to day to make it easier for you to gain strength. Let's see what they are.
1. Establishment of healthy lifestyle habits
Staying in shape and keeping in mind the importance of self-care has been shown to be an element in the prevention of emotional problems, including anxiety disorders and depressive symptoms.
Keeping them under control is important because these types of psychological disorders often make people adopt a passive and defenseless attitude toward the problems that affect them.
For this reason, weekly hours of moderate exercise, hours of quality sleep, and moments of good personal hygiene are far from being wasted time: they help us face problems with charged batteries and in the best conditions, without having to mind divided into other forms of the malaise of physical origin.
2. Establishment of specific goals and sub-goals
The most resilient people in times of crisis are characterized by always keeping in mind a series of objectives to be achieved, which must be adapted to their initially unfavorable situation.
This offers several points of psychological support. On the one hand, it makes it more likely that we get down to work to solve the main problems that affect us, having clear concrete objectives to address.
On the other hand, these references help us to be aware of our progress when we are achieving small victories, and this allows us not to fall into passivity and the idea that "everything is lost".
3. Seek support from others
Resilience has nothing to do with a purely individual process of improvement. Part of what allows us to overcome crises has to do with awareness of the importance of solidarity and aid networks.
If this were not the case, the prospect of being alone in the face of what is happening to us would paralyze us, and we would feel bad for not being able to face this situation without anyone's help.
For this reason, even people who, due to their precarious living conditions, do not have many friends or family, have as one of their priorities to seek support by expanding their range of social relationships and at the same time offering help to others.
4. Application of habits that enhance Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence helps us correctly identify our emotions and feelings and channel them in a way that works for us or at least is not a big problem for us.
There are several ways to facilitate this, but one of the easiest is to keep an emotions diary, in which to write down the most emotionally relevant day-to-day experiences, the thoughts that generate us, what they lead us to do, and more.
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