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1.12.2017

Ways to strengthen your resilience

How do you respond to stress, change or obstacles in your life? Do you rise to challenges or succumb to them? Resilience is a personal strength or attribute that allows you to handle setbacks, manage stress, overcome adversity, adapt to change and maintain a “never give up” attitude. Try these tips to help you strengthen your resilience!

  • Take care of yourself. You should be your number one priority. Practicing proper self-care is a necessity for resilience.
  • Manage your stress properly—this is the foundation of resilience. If you’re unable to manage stress effectively, you may have a difficult time being resilient. Learn more about stress management here.
  • Seek social support. Having social connections can help you maintain positivity and respond to challenging situations with resilience.
  • Build your self-efficacy. Confidence in your ability to do things helps to promote resilience. Find ways to boost your self-esteem here.
  • Maintain a positive self-image. Knowing your strengths can help you conquer your weaknesses!
  • Increase your optimism. Realistic positivity can help you address hardships with a sensible outlook.
  • Practice gratitude. Appreciating what you have and the people in your life can help you maintain social connections, be confident, and increase your optimism! Click here for tips!
  • Find purpose in your life. Knowing your purpose and living your life with intention helps to increase your self-awareness.
  • Quiet your mind. Overthinking can reduce your self-efficacy and hinder your ability to overcome challenges.
  • Accept and adapt to change. You can’t control change; the only thing you can control is your response to it!
  • Keep calm under pressure. Stay level-headed by managing your emotional and physical responses to challenging situations.
  • Treat challenges as opportunities to grow. Rather than giving up and giving in, using challenges as learning experiences will help you overcome adversity.
  • Learn from failure. Life isn’t going to always work out as you’d like it to. Recognizing that you aren’t always going to succeed can help you learn and grow stronger.
  • Know how to solve problems in a rational manner. Thinking through problems without getting your emotions too involved can help you identify a sound solution.
  • Be proactive, not reactive. Recognize when trouble is ahead and address it before it becomes an overwhelming problem.
  • Know when to seek additional help. Accepting that you cannot always deal with something on your own and recognizing when you need to involve others is critical to resilience.

For Health Advocate members

  • If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the coaching component of our Wellness Program, contact a Wellness Coach today to learn more about improving your resilience and setting goals for well-being.
  • If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to our EAP+Work/Life Program, talk to a Licensed Professional Counselor for free, confidential help to overcome challenges and improve your resilience. A Work/Life Specialist can help you find supportive resources to help balance your work and life. Just call. In a crisis, we’re here 24/7/365.