Below are some strategies for building resilience:
-- Nurture a positive view of yourself. Develop confidence in your ability to solve problems and trust your instincts.
-- Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. We can't always prevent stressful events from happening, but we can change how we interpret and respond to these events.
-- Accept that change is a part of living. Certain goals no longer may be attainable as a result of adverse situations but acceptance can help you focus on circumstances you can affect.
-- Look for opportunities for self-discovery. Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship report better relationships, a greater sense of strength, an increased sense of self-worth and a greater appreciation for life.
-- Make connections. Good relationships with family, friends or others are important. Accept help and support from those who care about you.
-- Maintain a hopeful outlook. An optimistic outlook enables you to expect good things to happen in your life.
-- Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities you enjoy and find relaxing such as exercising, getting enough sleep, eating a healthful diet and limiting alcohol consumption.
For more information about resilience, contact Cascade EAP.