Resilience is an “inner strength” that helps you bounce back after stressful situations. When you are resilient, you may recover more quickly from setbacks or difficult changes, including illness.
Developing resilience begins with simple actions or thoughts that you practice, such as planning for what you’ll do next and learning to accept change.
Here are some tips to get started:
- Change how you think
- Accept that things change. Look at change as a challenge rather than a threat.
- Examine how and why you feel the way you do when things change.
- Expect things to work out. You can’t change what happens, but you can change how you feel about it.
- See the big picture. Find the positive in stressful situations and learn from the situation.
- Look for things to learn. Difficult or emotional situations can teach you about yourself. Look to the future, and ask yourself how the stressful event might help you.
- See the funny side of bad situations.
- Change how you act,
- Seek out interactions with people who make you feel better. Build relationships that are solid and loving with your family and others. Help them, and don’t be afraid to let them help you.
- Develop a support network.