As we have discussed this week, resilience is the ability to bounce back and cope well through and after a struggle. This week we are sharing Kendra Cherry’s tips to become more resilient. Be sure and read the previous days as well. These are great tips and we can all use them to become more resilient! 7. Develop Your Problem- Solving Skills
At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy dud, I've noticed that as technology has increased, our ability to problem solve on our own has decreased. We immediately run to google or an App to find solutions to our problems. But it's important to come up with solutions on our own. People that practice this are more resilient because they are more confident in their ability to ...well...solve problems. They are able to think off the top of their head and are more creative as well.
If you've forgotten how to solve problems (and many of us have) remember to make a list of ways you could solve it (brainstorming). Then pick and choose which is better for your solution. This simple strategy will help you feel more prepared for more serious challenges that come your way, making you more resilient to cope with them.
8. Establish Goals
Sometimes when my clients are dealing with a problem and they aren't sure how to solve it, I ask them what they want to get out of the problem or what is the best case scenario for the end result. Once they state it, we know that is the goal. Then we break it down into small, manageable parts if possible.
Establishing goals and breaking them down will also build your problem solving skills and build your confidence, thus making you more resilient when challenges come your way.
Tomorrow Joleen will give us 2 more ways to become more resilient. As always, thank you 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 Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville