‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall’- Nelson Mandela
Let us assume you are going on a road trip, you decide on your vehicle, accommodation, check your travel route align it with Google maps, plan on food sights to visit, and so on.
Despite planning everything, you will face difficulties or unexpected challenges on the way. You prepare yourself mentally and physically to overcome those hurdles and enjoy the trip to the fullest.
Life is like a Road trip. You plan your life journey; your education, career, job, life partner. Often life doesn’t go as you planned, doesn’t necessarily take your desired route.
The catch is real-life journey cannot be aligned with Google maps; It is not always smooth, you face unexpected life events, things that take you by surprise, leave you broken like serious illness, divorce, redundancy, death of loved ones.
These events affect us differently, Resilience plays important role in how well you can handle these events, how well you adapt and return to normalcy.
What is Resilience?
Resilience refers to one’s ability to cope up with stressful or negative situations or any hardships life throws at them and bounces back strong.
A resilient person not only handles difficult situations or events efficiently but also approaches day-to-day life positively with a logical mind-set, critical thinking to solve problems and stay motivated;
They remain the same in good and bad situations and view unfavourable situations as part of life.
Being resilient doesn’t mean that you don’t feel emotions or pain it means you will know how to deal with your emotions and work your way out of the grief or pain.
Why Resilience is important?
It is important because People with high resilience can handle such adversities sensibly and try to get back to their normal life instead of letting failure or tragic events overpower them.
They don’t let the painful events determine the outcome of their life.
Few benefits of resilience include
- It helps to improve your mental and physical health.
- Brings a sense of responsibility in your work and life.
- It helps you to focus on your emotions and manage them sensibly.
- It enables you to build and strengthen your relationships effectively.
- Improves and boosts your morale towards work.
Types of Resilience
- Psychological Resilience:
It refers to your mental ability or mindset that helps you to manage uncertainties with less negative effects.
- Physical Resilience:
Your body can adapt to changes, recovering from illness or unexpected accidents.
- Emotional Resilience:
Emotions vary from person to person and how they react to situations also differs.
An emotionally resilient person understands their emotions better, what they are feeling and react to a particular situation in a healthy way.
- Community Resilience:
It refers to the resilience of people as a community how they deal with economic uncertainties, natural calamities, sudden war threats, famine, and pandemics like COVID 19.
10 Tips to improve Resilience
- Bring positivity into your life. A positive mind-set, Positive thoughts will lead to your emotional wellbeing.
- Find your purpose, work towards it. Set SMART goals. Long and short term goals.
- Practice gratitude and be appreciative of others regularly.
- Develop self-awareness, recognize and manage your emotions effectively.
- Believe in yourself and your abilities that you can achieve anything that you have set your mind to.
- Practice Self- care. Eat healthily; sleep on time; Exercise.
- Be flexible; improve your decision-making and problem-solving skills.
- Take charge of your life. Don’t think other people will solve your problems.
- Be in control of your life.
- Practice lifelong learning; Focus on the continuous development of your skills.
- Change is constant. Accept this fact that change is part of life.