Despite our best efforts, it is pretty impossible to live a completely peaceful and problem free life. Therefore, it is important for each of us to build and maintain resilience so that we know how to withstand adversity, and possibly even learn from negative experiences at times. Building resilience can help us deal with the polluted world we live in and still maintain our own positive mental health. Read on to learn more about building resilience!
by Erich Crawford
The ability to bounce back from adversity and stress is an important tool in life especially during school events, relationships, home changes, family and more. Coping with stress in a positive way is known as resilience, and its associated with lower depression rates and better longevity. Resilience is a skill that can practiced and improved on every day through various strategies. Here are some of my favorite strategies to build resilience and balance my stress.
- Meditation: This practice involves bringing your attention to a single point of reference, like focusing on your breath, which physiologically lowers stress, heart rates and can lead to mindfulness. I like to use a breathing app and find a comfortable spot, or even just sit on the floor in my room. I use this time not to think about everything happening in my life but to focus on myself, feel connected to the earth and recharge my battery
- Community: Creating strong social bonds can be an important tool to help build resilience and can lower stress, and add perspective into one’s life. I like to remember that communication is a two way street, and listening to friends talk about their lives is just as important as telling them about your own. I recently had a break-up and my friends helped me bounce back by supporting me and talking to me and recently I helped my friend go through a similar situation. Understanding the value of being a good friend and having a good friend can be beneficial to bounce back from difficult times.
- Music: Music has shown to help people reduce anxiety and connect with their emotions. I use music as often as I can throughout my day, I have songs for waking me up, studying, showering and getting ready for an event. I would recommend having playlists for all types of events, and even stressful ones. Sometimes a good song is all I need to find the motivation to get through my stressful day.
A healthy diet and sleep are also vital coping mechanisms that can help people bounce back and build resilience. Finding my own balance of practices has helped me learn more about myself and how to cope with the challenges that I face. These skills can be developed and personalized to help handle stress in many unique and fun ways.