10 Ways to Become More Resilient-Part 3

5. Be Optimistic Staying positive during difficult times can be hard.  However, being optimistic and finding the silver lining can definitely help you to be more resilient.  This doesn’t mean you ignore the problem or dig your head in the sand—but rather that you are able to find some light among the darkness.   Understand that setbacks and struggles are a part of life.  However, you have the ability and the skills to handle any challenges you may be faced with.

6. Nurture Yourself

Something we therapists preach about here at Imagine Hope is self-care!  When you are stressed out, you have a tendency not to take care of your health.  You may not eat well, get enough sleep, or do positive things for yourself.  When you don’t take care of yourself, your overall health (physical and mental) decline.  Self-care is directly related to resiliency.  Make sure that despite your struggles, you are carving time out for yourself.  Read a book, get a massage, cook healthy dinners, go for a walk, etc.  It is amazing what these little things can do to make you feel better!

Come back tomorrow as we talk about more ways to become resilient.

*Source: 10 Ways to Become More Resilient by Kendra Cherry http://psychology.about.com/od/crisiscounseling/tp/become-more-resilient.htm

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.