How good are you at bouncing back from a struggle? Do you wallow and feel pulled under by the heaviness of the negative situation? Or do you shift into an empowered mindset and refuse to let it bring you down?
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.
Let’s face it…life is hard. We can all use a boost in these areas to help us make it through.
1. Build Positive Beliefs in Your Abilities
When you think of your abilities, do you see all the things you CAN’T do, or all you CAN do? When you focus on all your weaknesses, you tend to forget that you actually have strengths!
Believing in your abilities can help you cope through a tough storm. It might be helpful to make a list of your strengths and keep them handy for those times you have trouble focusing on the positive.
2. Find a Sense of Purpose in Your Life
When life gets harder than usual, it helps to have purpose to keep you focused and put one step in front of the other.
People find purpose in many ways like in a faith in Jesus, becoming part of a community, their marriage and kids, and meaningful jobs.
Purpose helps drive us to push through and become more resilient because we have something to fight for and live for. We believe in something and we feel so convicted that we won’t let anything get in the way.
Check in tomorrow for more tips. Life will always be hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bounce back and be resilient!
Source: 10 ways to become more resilient by Kendra Cherry http://psychology.about.com/od/crisiscounseling/tp/become-more-resilient.htm
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.