Be Resilient. How To Stay Strong in The Face of Adversity. April 03, 2017 09:44

Tough times don´t last. Tough people do.

Whenever we are faced with adversity we naturally tend to become overwhelmed with emotions. What allows us to jump back to our life is something we call resilience. Resilience is common to all people, we are all able to bounce back to some level of normalcy. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Being resilient does not mean we do not feel sad or angry or uncertain. Quite the opposite; being resilient means we can take all these emotions we are experiencing, process them and become stronger and more adapted to whatever the life wants to throw our ways.

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Developing resilience is a personal journey. Even though people do not all react the same to traumatic and stressful life events, there are still some universal principles you can apply to help yourself become tougher next time the life throws you a curve ball.

Create and nurture relationships

Your relationships with family and friends are essential when it comes to building your resilience. Being able to accept help from your loved ones when you need it the most will help you becomes stronger in the times when nothing seems to go right. Some people also find that volunteering and being active in local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope.

Nothing lasts forever

You can't change the fact that highly stressful events can and will happen, but you can change how you respond to them. We have all had times that we thought it could not get any worse and we would never recover. Truth is, we always recover. So just accept circumstances that cannot be changed and focus on circumstances that you can alter.

Create a goal

Whenever we deal with a tough situation the last thing we want is do is create and achieve new goals. It is easy to put our lives on hold until better times. Developing some realistic goals, however, can help you feel like you are having more control over your circumstances. Do a small step towards your new goal regularly and we promise it will start to feel better faster.

Look for opportunities for self-discovery

Every struggle and loss we experience in our lives are meant to teach us a lesson and make us the people we are supposed to be. You may find that you have grown in some respect as a result of you struggle with adversity. Many people who have experienced tragedies have reported better relationships, greater sense of strength and heightened appreciation for life.

Believe in yourself

Developing an innate belief in yourself helps build resilience. When you trust your thoughts and actions, you are better equipped to deal with anything life may throw your way. Believing in your own powers helps you see the world in a more positive way, where you are the hero who can and will change anything that makes you unhappy.

Take care of yourself

Pay attention to your own body and soul. Find activities that you enjoy, whether that would be going to the gym or playing a piano. Taking care of your mind and body today will help you be more mentally and physically prepared for whatever may happen tomorrow.

As we mentioned earlier, resilience is not about covering your anger and sadness and pretending you are fine when you really are not. Allow yourself to experience emotions while also stepping forward and taking action to deal with your problems. Spend quality time with your loved ones and take care of yourself.

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