Building resilience improves your ability to cope with stress and pressures; as and when they arrive. If you only think about stress when it occurs; you are already fighting an uphill battle.
However, if you take the time to implement some coping strategies in your life, you greatly reduce your exposure to stress.
The following are some simple strategies for building resilience, reducing stress, improving your health and increasing personal effectiveness; which you can implement in your everyday life:
Accept your imperfections
Nobody gets everything right first time; as long as you learn from your mistakes, you will continue to move forward in life. Resilience building requires that you accept yourself for who are, and accept that you will make mistakes.
Schedule some time for yourself each and everyday
By learning to enjoy your own company, and taking time for the things that are important to you, you will increase your sense of self-esteem. Building resilience is a key defence against low self-esteem and it’s associated problems. By creating boundaries around your time, others will develop more respect for you and your time.
Turn off the technology
For at least one hour per day, switch off all technology. This time might be used to complete mundane tasks; to read; or simply to relax. Throughout history, man has been able to cope without the technology we have become accustomed to. There is no reason why you cannot cope for one hour per day.
Exercise every day
If possible, always strive to start the day with exercise - whether it be a gym workout or a short walk (it doesn’t have to be strenuous). Either way you start the day feeling good and with a sense of already having achieved something positive. This positivity will help to carry you through the most difficult of days.
Ensure that you get sufficient sleep
When it comes to building resilience, sleep is one of the most important aspects. Sleep is the body and minds way of recovering from a hard day and building up the required strength and resolve for the days to come. Go to bed a little earlier and if necessary get some advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep. By doing so, you will start the new day with more energy and a more positive mindset.
Choose your friends wisely
As Jim Rohn stated, you are the average of your five closest friends. The people you spend time with help to determine your mood and your attitude to life. By choosing friends who are supportive and whose company you enjoy; you will be more confident in your ability to cope with whatever life throws your way.
Laugh out loud
Laughter is one of the most effective resilience building activities known to man.Identify the things that make you laugh and schedule them into your life. With the internet, there are an abundance of sites designed to make you laugh, in addition to the vast number of comedies produced for TV, Cinema and Stage. With so many resources available, there is no need to wait for laughter to come your way, you can go get it. Adding just a little more laughter to your life, will lead to amazing results for your health and happiness.
Remember that tomorrow is another day
Life is a cycle. Good times and bad, come and go. While today may look like a dark day, tomorrow can bring a whole new perspective. When having a bad experience, remind yourself that this too shall pass and brighter times lie ahead.
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Don’t wait for stress to knock upon your door. Focus on building resilience today. By taking a little time to make simple changes to your attitude and your schedule, you can significantly reduce your stress levels, improve your effectiveness, and increase your overall enjoyment of life.