Life doesn’t get easier, we get stronger!
In our recent blogs, Quantum Thinking and Attitude is Everything, we wanted to convey the point of greater sustainability as a leader, as a person that strives for more in life. What is it that makes some people remain calm when faced with tough times, while others fall apart mentally or emotionally? Psychologists call it resilience―the ability to cope with stress in a positive way. Resilient people are able to draw from an inner well of strength and skills to respond to life’s challenges, regardless of what they are, instead of falling into despair. It doesn’t mean they experience less grief or distress than other people. The resilient simply face life’s problems head-on in a way that fosters greater growth, coming out on the other end entirely different than they were before, and often grateful for the experience.
Dealing with suffering and loss is an inevitable part of life that everyone faces at one time or another. Whether it is minor or a catastrophic event, how you respond to an event plays a significant role in the outcome, as well as the long-term psychological effects. Even in the face of challenges that seem utterly unimaginable, choosing to be resilient will strengthen you to not only survive but emerge even stronger than you were before.
The first rule for building resilience is to remain flexible and optimistic regarding the future. People who are resilient develop the habit of interpreting setbacks as temporary, isolated, and changeable events. In the face of crisis, developing a strong sense of purpose will also play a huge role in your ability to recover and thrive. Add to that the power of confidence you can overcome challenges―develop an “I can do!” attitude.
In building greater resilience, remember to take care of yourself―get adequate amounts of sleep, eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and engage in mindful meditation to calm both your mind and body during stressful periods. Last but not least, connect with at least one other person with whom you can share your feelings, receive support and positive feedback, and discuss possible solutions to problems.
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