“Resilience” is so much more than just a fun word to say. It represents toughness and the ability to bounce back quickly from adversity. And because everyone deals with obstacles at some point, we could all stand to be a little bit more resilient, don’t you think?
If only it was as easy as snapping your fingers and feeling up to conquering any challenge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Resilience is truly a mindset that you must make the decision to adopt. Here’s some advice to help you get there!
Become a problem-solver.
When faced with problems, how do you usually respond? Do you tend to self-implode? Or do you pull out your “can do” attitude and attack your difficulties head-on? If you want to become more resilient, the latter is your best bet! Try out some of these tricks:
- Look at the situation from all angles and consider every possible solution.
- Think outside of the box. Are there any not-so-obvious ways you could solve this problem?
- Plan out your solutions before implementing them (no matter how eager you are 😉).
Some people are just naturally good problem solvers—and if you’re one of them, that’s great. But the truth is, we’ve all been guilty of crumbling under the pressure of distress at one point or another. The most important thing you can do is learn to stay cool, calm, and collected when faced with problems. That’s the best way to overcome them.
Ah, self-confidence. Maybe you have it, maybe you don’t. Or, maybe for you, it just depends on the day and what’s going on in your life. Even the most confident people in the world deal with their fair share of insecurities. But if you’re looking to be more resilient, self-confidence is a critical step!
The good news? While most people think self-confidence is based on your abilities, that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, it’s been proven that it actually stems from believing in yourself. So, rather than focusing on the things you’re good at, believe that you can do anything you set your mind to (because you really can!). Here are a few of our go-to ways to increase confidence:
- Be proud of the things you’ve achieved.
- Track your progress toward your goals.
- Make a list of things you love about yourself.
- Take care of yourself (eating healthy and moving your body are great places to start!)
Steer clear of negativity.
When you’re trying to become better at overcoming obstacles, the last thing you want is a bunch of negativity knocking you down, right? Negative people, negative news, negative thoughts … try to avoid all of the above at all costs!
We know that sometimes, it’s not that simple (though we all wish it was!). There are times when you won’t be able to avoid certain sources of negativity for whatever reason. And when that happens, you’ll have to learn to deal with it while staying positive on your end. This article offers good ideas for keeping your positivity going strong, even when you’re in a negative situation.
Building resilience is something that will happen with time and experience. But being able to face any problem, knowing that you have what it takes to overcome them, makes all of the ups and downs worth it.
The ability to empower yourself is a key building block of resilience! Read our blog post to learn about how you can empower yourself when you’re feeling powerless.