1 day for World Mental Health Day
1 step to a better Mental Health
Our life is an everyday journey, there will be good times but some bad times as well. On any journey or any given goal there will be setbacks, people will face adversity, trauma, tragedies, threats, they will deal with different life stressors such as relationship problems, family problems, health issues, problems in their workplace, financial problems and many more.
If we were to define resilience we would say that it is the capacity to recover from difficult situations and life events. It’s actually the process of being able to adapt well in situations were things didn’t go as planned.
Resilience is a quality that all people posses to some degree but some people can draw on it more easily than others.
There are many aspects in life that you can control and grow with. Resilience not only helps you to overcome difficult situations in your life, it also helps you improve your life along the way.
One important thing that one must have in mind is that by saying that one is resilient that doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t experience stress and emotional upheaval. Some people compare resilience with mental toughness. Demonstrating resilience includes working hard through emotional pain and suffering. The question is ”how can one become resilient?”. Lets see in a few steps how one could build resilience.
For one to build resilience they have to practice coping strategies and eliminate negative thinking.
- Emotion Focused Coping : If we are in a difficult situation and we can not change this particular situation we must change the way we are thinking about the current situation. We have to switch to more positive thoughts than negative ones. This strategy is most effective when we are faced with a situation we can not alter.
- Acceptance: We should accept that what has come in our life has come for a reason and we should recognize the ability to change it. One situation is how it is. We should begin working on creative solutions on how to overcome it and make it better.
- Humor : Laughter and humor can actually improve the immune response, enhance perceptual flexibility and can offset the effects of stress. It can boost ones mood. Be with people that can be positive and supportive.
- Positive Re-framing : try to re frame the situation into a potential growth experience. Focus on positive ways to change your ways of negative thinking.
- Problem Focused Coping: Problem focused coping strategies involve direct action to alter the situation or source of stress.
- Active Coping : One should develop a good plan and start setting goals. Once you have set your goals you are already beginning your journey towards success. The road might not be easy but we have a plan and we must stick to the plan in order to have a successful outcome.
Being resilient doesn’t mean you are immune to stress and difficult situations. It means that you know how to be tough in the face of them. One should believe in themselves, be strong and have in mind that external factors should not determine our lives. We take action on how we live our own lives. We should stay strong and believe in ourselves and our abilities.