Facing a new challenge can be daunting and raises fears that you will remain stuck in a particular situation with no way out. But a careful review of how you faced obstacles in the past can remind you that you are stronger and more capable of moving through changes than you think. These questions can prompt you to remember your resilience to overcome previous hard times that you can draw on anytime.
…Show up for work, make goals to improve your situation, and remain dependable? Did you avoid blaming others for your difficulties and instead took responsibility for making needed changes? All demonstrate resilience!
…Seek out practical information? For example, finding tips to tackle debt can boost confidence to take the first step, then the next, and so on.
…Switch your inner self-talk from “I can’t “or “I won’t” to “I can” and “I will?” Choosing positive self-talk helps stoke confidence and your chances of success.
…Make lifestyle adaptations? For example, did you set up a makeshift remote office, or change your hours or a job to accommodate a disrupted family and work schedule? Did you change the way you prepared meals? Being resourceful in adapting to changing circumstances clearly demonstrates the ability to bounce back from setbacks!
…Call on supportive people? Reaching out to friends or experts to help through the loss of a job, grief, or other situation is a sign of strength. Surround yourself with people who will cheer you on, remind you of your true worth as an individual, and help you feel strong.
Remember, everyone has the potential for extraordinary resilience, regardless of their current life situation. And every time you respond with resilience, your resilience grows stronger, allowing you to learn to depend on it.
Need help to turn things around? Talk to your healthcare practitioner or a qualified counselor for support and guidance, no matter what you are facing.