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The Busy Person’s Quick-Start Guide to Resilience

August 27, 2021
The Lime Team

Mind-Matter’s Nurturing Resilience Series

Resilience is all about how you’re affected by struggles – big or small. How quickly and how well can you bounce back? Do you find yourself dwelling on past problems or are you able to move on without being affected?

Of course, much of this will depend on the specific situation as well as your own wellbeing, but there are steps you can take to build your resilience so that next time you’re facing a challenge it will be like water off a duck’s back:

  1. Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience.
  2. Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems, no matter how big or small. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better.
  3. Accept that change is a part of living and try not to dwell on past problems. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on the circumstances that can.
  4. Move toward your goals. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself: “What is one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?”
  5. Take decisive actions. Act on adverse situations as much as you can, rather than detaching from problems or stresses, and wishing they would just go away.
  6. Look for opportunities for self-discovery and look for the positive side of challenging times. People often learn something about themselves and find they have grown in some respect as a result of a struggle.
  7. Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts help build resilience.
  8. Keep things in perspective. Avoid blowing a stressful event out of proportion, and look at it in a broader context.
  9. Maintain a hopeful outlook. Being optimistic enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualising what you want and not worrying about what you fear.
  10. Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. That will help keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.


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