Navigating the twists and turns of life is never easy. Challenges are inevitable.
Fortunately, there is a way to handle those sharp turns effectively. Tapping into your own resources and strengths to make the ride a bit smoother can help you can build emotional resilience.
But, what is emotional resilience? And how can it help you? Let’s take a look.
Emotional resilience is a trait that helps us adapt to life's ups and downs. It's not just a fixed characteristic; you can actually build and cultivate it. The more resilient you become, the better equipped you are to handle major life events like breakups, job loss, grief, or trauma.
Sometimes, emotional resilience develops without you consciously working on it. Factors like age, exposure to trauma, or facing adversity can unintentionally build emotional resilience, but there are also conscious efforts you can make.
How to build emotional resilience
Take emotional intelligence, for example. How well can you identify and understand your, and others', feelings? More importantly, can you use that insight to take the appropriate action? Perseverance in stressful situations and making uncomfortable decisions also play a role. Assessing our realistic control over situations based on our strengths, weaknesses, and past experiences is crucial.
Remaining optimistic during tough times is a conscious choice. Your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. If you focus on the negative, you're less likely to tap into the resources available to you and to believe in your ability to overcome challenges.
Building resilience isn't a solo journey. Knowing when to lean on your social support system is crucial. Sometimes, reaching out to those who care about you can provide the strength you need. Grounding yourself in your beliefs and values, whether spiritual or otherwise, can also offer support.
Maintaining your emotional resilience
Retaining emotional resilience is not about conquering everything but managing what you can do in a healthy and realistic way. Building healthy relationships, joining supportive groups, and changing your perspective on challenges are steps in the right direction. Self-care is vital too. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, taking time off when you need, and seeking professional help if you need it.
Remember, it's not about facing everything alone, but about consciously working on managing life's challenges with resilience and the right support.
You are stronger than you think.
If you want to develop emotional resilience, the Tempo Emotional Wellbeing Journey is your perfect idea starting point.
The Emotional Wellbeing Journey was developed by qualified psychologists and healthcare providers. They’ll help you to identify and manage your emotions and the effect they have on your mental health. It’s the first and most crucial step on a journey to the life you love.