Let’s talk about resiliency.
I’m sure you’re wondering what resiliency even means and how it’s applicable to you. Resilience is defined by Merriam Webster as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties”. People who have more resilience in their toolkit are able to overcome challenges in healthy and positive ways. Sometimes we can be more naturally resilient based on our emotions, but that isn’t the end. We can learn to be resilient!
What can you do to increase your resiliency? There are attitudes you can adopt that make stressful and uncontrollable situations more manageable. The American Psychological Association says that some of these attitudes and skills include: making social connections, accepting change as a part of life, positivity towards self and self-care. These are not all of the factors that help, but it is certainly a start. Sometimes we cannot change our circumstances, but a shift in our outlook and how we reach out to others in our time of need can make all the difference.
However, it’s not all about attitudes. We can do activities in the moment that may help with resiliency. Journaling, breathing deeply, stretching and making gratitude lists are all ways to communicate your thoughts and feelings, relax and look at the positivity in your life. I challenge you to try one of these activities and see how it changes your attitude during adversity. Go ahead; try it!
About the Author:
Lauren Hultstrand is the Mental Health Project Coordinator at SC Thrive. She is currently providing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training at no cost to community members in Spartanburg County thanks to a generous Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. She works closely with the United Way of the Piedmont and intends to train 1,200 First Aiders by September 2018. To date, she has spent over 150 hours training in Mental Health First Aid courses.