If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we as humans can survive through a lot of things. The pandemic has forced us out of jobs, taken the lives of loved ones, and completely uprooted the lives of many. Despite this, the world has kept going and somehow we’ve managed to cope. If you find that you’ve been struggling with being resilient, however, you’re not alone. Below, we’ve provided you with tips on ways to become more resilient.
Have a Support System
Now more than ever, you should be leaning on those around you for support. The more connected you are to those close to you, the more resilient you’ll become. Even though you might not be able to see your friends and family in person, take advantage of Zoom or Skype to get some face to face time with your loved ones.
When we support our mental health, we are building up our resilience. Be sure to take care of not just your body, but your mind as well. Be sure you are sleeping, eating, and exercising as often as needed so that you’re in tip-top shape to handle whatever life throws at you.
Humor is a great way to build resilience as well as reduce stress. Humor can improve your mood and your connection with others, but it can also combat the potential immune-depleting effects of stress and even help to reduce physical pain.
Make Plans to Look Forward to
Whether it’s a virtual happy hour or a phone call with a friend, make plans that you can look forward to. Moments like this can bring bright spots to your day and can help you get through just about anything.
Practicing gratitude is another great way to build resilience. According to experts, it’s also a great way to feel content and psychologically healthy. There are many ways to practice gratitude, including writing what you’re grateful for in a journal at the end of the day, or simply thinking of things you’re grateful for throughout the day.