5 Tips to Becoming More Resilient

“No one ever got to the top of a mountain in one giant jump. Challenges can be overcome, and goals can be reached, but it can only happen one step at a time” – Doe Zantamata

Everyone experiences challenges in their life, there will always be obstacles to achieving your goals and there may be times when you feel like giving up. The important thing to remember in all of this, is that the times you learn best are in response to the worst situations and the difference between individuals who succeed and individuals who fail, is resilience. Resilience is the ability to overcome difficulties quickly and easily and recover from setbacks. There are a variety of techniques that you can use to improve it, allowing you to tackle your obstacles, and achieve anything you want. Here are 5:

1) Believe in yourself

When faced with difficulties, believe that you can overcome them. Have confidence in your abilities and recognise your achievements. Taking pride in what you have done is important for self-efficacy –  believing that, with hard work, you are able achieve what you want.

2) Be healthy

Exercise, eat a healthy diet and make sure you get enough rest! Physical exercise releases hormones in your brain that make you happier, healthy foods result in healthy minds, and resting your body and mind allows relaxation, making you feel refreshed. All of these things enable you to release any tension and approach upcoming difficulties in a more rational and logical way.

3) Stay connected

Socialising not only provides a time to ‘wind down’, but having social support can be essential for managing your stress levels and overcoming any difficulties. Friends and family will offer advice and support when the going gets tough, helping you to become more resilient in the long term.

4) Learn from experience

Past experiences can offer much insight into how to approach similar future situations more positively. Take a negative experience, and make the next one positive. Focus on all of the positive aspects about a situation and ignore the negatives. Make sure that you learn from past mistakes – ask yourself what you can do differently this time to have a better result. 

5) Take action

One of the most important steps in being more resilient is being able to take the action required to get you to the next level. Once you have considered your previous mistakes and thought out what you could do to achieve a more positive outcome, do it! Don’t waste your time feeling rubbish about a negative situation, instead look at the positives.

Want more? Email me today at katie@altruistuk.com for your free mindfulness audio to help you on your journey to becoming more resilient.

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Birmingham, studying MSci Psychology and Psychological Practice. I am interested in helping individuals with mental health illnesses, and improving the quality of life for those who are suffering with a mental illness.​

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