How to Foster Resiliency

This past year has been challenging for all of us. It seems that every month brings a new unprecedented event. We are growing weary of these “uncertain times” and long for a return to normalcy. How do we manage to stay healthy and happy in a constantly changing world? We need to foster resiliency.

Resiliency is the ability to weather changes and difficult times. It helps us to navigate setbacks with grace, rather than giving in and giving up. It lessens the emotional upheaval we feel when confronted with obstacles. We may not be able to control outside events, but we can change the way we think about and react to them. Here are some ways to hone your resiliency:

Foster acceptance

Wishing your circumstances were different, or that they would go back to the way they were before, is a natural tendency. However, when we dwell in this mindset, we only increase our suffering. When we start to accept our circumstances, they become less uncomfortable. Let go of what you can’t control, and embrace what you have. You may find it’s not as bad as you thought.

Find control where you can

With so much uncertainty in the world right now, it helps if you can find something you have control over, no matter how small. What routines help you find order in the chaos? Maybe you have a regular exercise schedule. Or perhaps tidying up your house gives you that sense of stability. Establish something you can fall back on, no matter what is going on in the outside world.

Cultivate gratitude

Be thankful for the parts of your life that are going well. Regularly practicing gratitude builds that optimism muscle that helps us see the silver lining. Instead of wishing for the “good old days,” see if you can find the tiny joys in everyday life: something that made you laugh, a kind word, a beautiful day. There is good to be found in even the darkest of circumstances.

Maintain connections

It takes more effort these days to stay in touch, but it is so important for our health and well-being that we reach out to others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support, whether from friends and family or a qualified professional such as a counselor or therapist. Give back when you are able, for when we shift our focus to others, we worry less about our own difficulties.

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