Part of life involves being in situations that make you uncomfortable. How well you respond to this stress and bounce back is your resilience. Resilience is continuously changing. This is a positive aspect of resilience, as you can strengthen this in a conscious way. Becoming more resilient can increase mental and physical health, help maintain balance in your life.

Understanding Resiliency

  • Resiliency does not mean that you do not react to trauma in your life. It is normal to feel negative emotions.
  • Possessing resilience does not make your life easier in a direct way, but it helps you realize that not everything will happen according to your plan.
  • Resiliency allows you to experience hard times and recover.
  • Resiliency does not have to be an individual journey. You can use your support network and connections to aid you in your path to a new normal.

How to Strengthen your Resilience

  • Learn the importance of saying no. If a task is asking too much of you, talk to your supervisor and let them know. They will help in resolving the issue in the least stressful way.
  • Develop hobbies and make time for them. Having a balance between work and your personal life will increase happiness as well.
  • Take care of your body. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy, and exercising will increase your ability to handle and cope with stress that enters your life.
  • Build your self-esteem by praising yourself for accomplishing your goals, and not dwelling on goals that you did not reach.

Quick Tips:

  • Learn to say no.
  • Put your mental and physical health first.
  • Take time to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small.
  • Use your support system and take advantage of the EAP services included in your benefits.

Sources: Counselling Directory, Verywellmind. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.