WHAT IS RESILIENCE?
Resilience represents an ability to handle life's setbacks and is an overall representation of adaptability. However, there are also different types of resilience, each of which can influence a person's ability to cope with various forms of stress.
Being resilient does not mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. Some people equate resilience with mental toughness, but demonstrating resilience includes working through emotional pain and suffering.
People who lack resilience are more likely to feel overwhelmed or helpless and rely on unhealthy coping strategies (such as avoidance, isolation, and self-medication).
Resilient people do experience stress, setbacks, and difficult emotions, but they tap into their strengths and seek help from support systems to overcome challenges and work through problems. Resilience empowers them to accept and adapt to a situation and move forward.
Physical resilience refers to how the body deals with change and recovers from physical demands, illnesses, and injuries. Research suggests that this type of resilience plays an important role in health. It impacts how people age as well as how they respond and recover from physical stress and medical issues.
Physical resilience is something that people can improve to a certain extent by making healthy lifestyle choices. Getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet, and engaging in regular exercise are just a few ways to strengthen this type of resilience.
Mental resilience refers to a person's ability to adapt to change and uncertainty. People who possess this type of resilience are flexible and calm during times of crisis. They utilize this mental strength to solve problems, move forward, and remain hopeful even when they are facing setbacks.
Emotional resilience involves being able to regulate emotions during times of stress. They are aware of their emotional reactions and tend to be in touch with their inner life. Because of this, they are also able to calm their mind and manage their emotions when they are dealing with negative experiences.
This type of resilience also helps people maintain a sense of optimism when times are tough. Because they are emotionally resilient, they understand that adversity and difficult emotions are temporary and won't last forever.
Social resilience, which is also referred to as community resilience, involves the ability of groups to recover from difficult situations. It involves connecting with others and working together to solve problems and deal with problems that affect people both individually and collectively.
Aspects of social resilience include coming together after disasters, supporting each other socially, becoming aware of the risks that the community faces, and building a sense of community. Such responses can be important during challenges such as natural disasters that affect communities or large groups of people.
WHAT CAN HELP?
'Self-help' tips don't solve the issue. However, they can help you/others feel more in control when experiencing strong emotions.
If you find that 'self-help' isn't enough, consider reaching out to a counsellor or your GP for help managing overwhelming emotions.
Find a sense of purpose.can play an important role in your recovery. This might mean becoming involved in your community, cultivating your spirituality, or participating in activities that are meaningful to you.
Believe in your abilities.Listen for negative comments in your head. When you hear them, practice immediately replacing them with positive ones
Develop a strong social network.Having caring, supportive people around you acts as a protective factor during times of crisis
Embrace change.Flexibility is an essential part of resilience. By learning how to be more adaptable, you'll be better equipped to respond when faced with a life crisis.
Be optimistic. What you are dealing with may be difficult, but it's important to remain hopeful and positive about a brighter future. It means understanding that setbacks are temporary and that you have the skills and abilities to combat the challenges you face.
By taking care of your own needs, you can boost your overall health and resilience and be fully ready to face life's challenges.
By practising your problem-solving skills on a regular basis, you will be better prepared to cope when a serious challenge emerges.
Resilient people are able to view these situations in a realistic way and then set reasonable goals to deal with the problem.
Actively working on solutions will also help you feel more in control. Rather than just waiting for things to happen, being proactive allows you to help make your goals a reality.
Resilience may take time to build, so don't get discouraged if you still struggle to cope with problematic events. Everyone can learn to be resilient and it doesn't involve any specific set of behaviors or actions. Resilience can vary dramatically from one person to the next.