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Resilience is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Think of it as the inner power which helps you to overcome a crisis situation and find your way back to normal.
Resilience is not inherent – it is something we learn to cultivate over the years. We don’t all have the same level of resilience, since it depends on our experiences, education and lessons learnt from parents and peers.
During our lives we build up the ability to survive crisis situations and move forward. Some of these situations happen during childhood – difficulties in school, your first heartbreak, fights with parents. In adulthood, however, everything changes, including the kinds of crises we have to deal with and how we’re supposed to deal with them. Problems at work, strife with partners or struggles with family or financial issues are all typical occurrences in an adult’s life. Add health problems into the mix as well as the emotional difficulties that go hand in hand when we feel the loss of a loved one and we’re talking extreme stress and pressure.
Tips for building inner strength
This isn’t always easy. Believe in what you know, and in your experiences and competencies. Knowing what your strengths are in moments of crisis can also help you. Do you use humour, positive thinking or curiosity as a coping mechanism?
Be kind to yourself and others
If you’ve made just one person smile during this pandemic, then you are making a difference. Even in times when we don’t have a global health crisis hanging over us, we always have the ability to make a person smile.
Don’t neglect your own self-care
Whether it’s making time to work on a hobby or to sit down in front of the TV at the end of the day. Whatever self-care looks like for you right now, be sure to carry it forward long after lockdown has been lifted.
Adjust your thinking
Disaster thinking is when you fully expect the worst possible outcome to come to light. It feels like something inevitable, that can’t be escaped. But when you scope your time to smaller increments and use inversion, you can begin to pull away from it gradually. By focussing on the immediacy of a situation you can move from hour to hour knowing what comes next. This helps with the uncertainty of what a disaster would actually present.
Inversion is something you do when you hear a statistic, like “People who have had a heart attack are at a 25% higher risk of a second event.” Inverting it means 75% don’t. It’s choosing to take a “what can go right” view of your world by actively envisioning it. Over time, you will feel more grounded and life will resume with less fear and more fulfilment.
Find your calm
Being mindful and living consciously are very important building blocks. Practicing yoga and meditation can help to strengthen mindfulness which in turn, can help strengthen resilience.
The ongoing coronavirus crisis has impacted each and every one of us in some way. However you’ve been affected, there are lessons to be learned from the unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in today. Why not check out some of the many stories others in the profession have shared with us during this challenging time. The things they’ve struggled with, the coping mechanisms they’ve trialed/developed and the things they’ve learnt about themselves in the process.