Have you seen babies learning to walk and the uncountable number of times they fall? Has anyone ever thought about why they keep trying until they learn to walk? Or has any parent or guardian asked the child to give up despite all the falling and getting up? No matter how many times the baby falls and gets up, the number of steps, or the efforts, throughout this process, the baby learns how to get up and balance. I think it is time for us to learn resilience from a one-year-old.

We all know that life doesn’t always go as we plan and map it out. It is filled with uncertainties. When we are not resilient, we will dwell on our problems, victimize, be overwhelmed with situations, and engage in unhealthy coping. All of this can lead to mental and emotional distress, which can develop into mental disorders. Being resilient doesn’t mean your problems or suffering will go away, but you learn to adapt and enhance your ability to bounce back from the challenges, setbacks, and suffering.

Resilience can help with mental health and guard you from mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Being resilient can help to decline the contributing factors, improve your coping ability, and manage the symptoms of the disorders.

Accept the change

Change can be scary and makes us ponder our abilities to manage the change. Being flexible is essential to handling the changes in life, and accepting changes is an integral part of life. Every stage of life has its own changes and challenges. It is important to accept reality and take creative steps to approach the changes.

Be kind to yourself

Be mindful of the words you use toward yourself in times of distress and adversity. Often times, we have catastrophes and use extreme negative words, which can worsen our mental health and stop us from doing the needful to handle the situations. Be kind to yourself; use words that are true to yourself and affirming to you.

Focusing on your physical health

Engage yourself in sports or any physical activity to keep yourself busy and active. Eat a balanced diet and sleep for 8 hours. In times of adversity, we often miss out on our physical well-being, feeling hopeful. During these times, it is essential to maintain your physical health. Physical health can affect your mental health.

Stay connected

It is quite common for people to isolate or withdraw from social gatherings, friends, or families when they are experiencing hardships. However, this is a crucial time to stay connected with trustworthy people as a source of support and confide in them.

Being proactive

Being hopeless and feeling helpless can decline resilience, which can make you ignore the problems and cope with the overwhelming emotions and hard situations in unhealthy ways. Take your time, write down the things that you can do in your control to handle the problems, set realistic goals for yourself, and analyze what needs to be done.

Learn from past experiences

Every experience in life has some learning. Think about and analyze the hardships in the past, how you coped, and what skills or strategies you used to get through the difficulty. The advantages and disadvantages of each individual’s ability to resolve issues that can be resolved.



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