10 Ways to Become More Resilient - Part 2

3. Develop a Strong Social Network This doesn't mean gain more followers on Twitter or more friends on Facebook!

We mean develop a strong face-to-face community of friends and family with whom you can go to in times of crisis. A good support system will act as a great provision of protection when we feel fragile or down-in-the-dumps. Make sure you surround yourself with people who are trustworthy and are good listeners.

Most of the people in this network won't solve your problems or make them go away, but they will allow you to talk about how you feel, and will offer validation and support.

4. Embrace Change

For those of us who hate change, well, sorry to say it, but it's a necessary ingredient in being resilient.

Being flexible in the face of crisis allows for us to learn about ourselves and our environment. It also allows for us to change the course of our life and possibly take on a new direction that we never would have considered before.

Flexibility allows a person to see change as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

By no means do I want to give the impression that these keys to resiliency are easy to do or accomplish. I do, however, want to challenge the person who struggles with any one of these keys to have an open mind. Thanks for reading!

*Source: "10 Ways to Become More Resilient" by Kendra Cherry

http://psychology.about.com/od/crisiscounseling/tp/become-more-resilient.htm

 

Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling  at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.