Resiliency During a Pandemic
In this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, it is necessary to take a deeper dive into our mental well-being to check on our resiliency muscle. "What is that you ask?"
Resilience is the ability to withstand, recover, and bounce back amid stress, chaos, and ever-changing circumstances. Resilient people don't dwell on failure but rather acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and move forward. The good news is that resiliency is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice.
The ability to endure the physical and emotional hardship of adversity and come out stronger, depends on our capacity to prioritize self-care.
Resiliency, like a healthy muscle, must be exercised regularly to function well. Here are 4 self-care tips for building resiliency.
The "Bounce Back"
Is there a way to switch perspective on the problem? If you're like most of us (which w're sure you are!), you can probably notice yourself doing things to try to control, avoid, get rid of or escape from the problems you've been experiencing. Maybe you've been trying to work the problem out, thinking and analyzing you way through it for a while and not really getting anywhere?
Defusion is the ability to take a step back and observe your thinking rather than getting lost or tangled up in it. The goal is to become defused from our thoughts as thoughts and allow them to guide us, if they are helpful, rather than to dominate us and dictate our ACTions, emotions and feelings.
We are fully aware that our brains are built to fixate on threats, uncertainty and negativity and they capitalize on it. Enhancing mental toughness, highlighting and honing strengths, and fostering strong relationships are core competencies for one's resiliency "bounce back." To be truly successful we must recognizes the importance of building resiliency skills so we can flourish rather than flounder when faced with uncertainty. It takes time, attention, and practice to build resilience, but the long-term positive outcomes are well worth the effort.
Practical Wisdom of Tolerating Uncertainty
It is worth reminding ourselves that uncertainty is an inescapable part of life, and the sooner we become more comfortable with it, the sooner we can reduce mental suffering.
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime." ~ John R. Lewis 1940 - 2020
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