How to Build Resilience, 10 smartest and practical ways

In the current pandemic situation, it is very important for all of us to build resilience. Let us understand 10 practical ways to build resilience.

In my previous post Understand resilience, its attributes and your own score, we have understood what resilience means and what are the attributes of resilient people. Now, In this post we will learn how to build resilience.

So today we will discuss some simple, smart and practical ways in which each one of us can build and improve resilience. As we all know resilience is very important in tough situation like this pandemic.

10 ways to build Resilience:

1. Make and nurture good relationship:

Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Moreover, this gives a sense of feeling that we have people whom we can discuss our problems.

2. Do not see crisis as undefeatable problems:

You cannot change the fact that highly stressful events happen. However, you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better.
In addition, note down any subtle ways in which you might already feel somewhat better as you deal with difficult situations.

3. Take crucial actions:

Act on adverse situations as much as you can. Take decisive actions, rather than detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away. So, you need to remeber this

Always remember, the outside environment is same for all, what makes us different is what lies inside us.

4. Keep things in perspective:

Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion.

5. Attitude of Gratitude to build Resilience:

Always count your blessings rather than focusing on your difficulties. Moreover, you have survived and thrived till now, you will survive this also. Try to see what all things and people you have in this difficult situation and be grateful of those.

Gratitude plays significant role in building resilience, Therefore you might wish to understand more on gratitude, these two posts will help you.

6. Focus on Building Physical Hardiness.

What kind of small changes can you invest in to improve your health? (Better sleep, better nutrition, hydration, exercise, etc.)

Moreover list one small change you can make now and do that consistently and you will see improvement in your life.

7. Identify and Use Your Strengths:

Describe a time when you were able to overcome or handle a major challenge in life.

What did you learn about yourself?
What personal strengths did you draw upon?

Moreover, focusing on the strengths gives you power. And remembering a situation which you conquered last time helps you in improving your resilience and give you strength to fight the current situation.

8. Build Goals to Build Resilience:

Having a sense of where you are going in life is important. Therefore, set some realistic Goals and regularly work towards them. Setback will happen but resilient people keep the destination in mind and always work toward reaching the destination.

9. Look for opportunities to know yourself:

Engage in new things and actively look for new opportunities that put you out of your professional and personal comfort zone. These experiences help people learn about themselves and in addition will surely provide a feeling of growth and achievement.

10. Take care of Yourself:

Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. In addition, engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body informed to deal with situations that require resilience.

Key Takeaways on how to build Resilience:

One should have people with whom you can share yourself and take guidance. Apart from good relationship one should have capacity to take some decisive actions in time. A sense of Gratitude is very important in building resilience, as until we become happy and grateful for things and people we have we cannot build resilience to fight the situation.

Last but not the least, One need to take utmost care of himself/herself and focus on developing some key skills and try to figure out the opportunity in disguise.

10 practical ways to build resilience in current pandemic situation

Understand resilience, its attributes and your own score

In the current pandemic situation, it is important to build resiliency. So today let us understand resilience, its attributes and our resiliency score.

In this current pandemic situation, it is very important for all of us to improve our emotional resiliency. Emotional Resiliency will not only help in surviving this situation but also help us in thriving in this situation. So today let us understand what is resilience, its attributes and our own resiliency score.

Meaning of Resilience:

Dictionary meaning of resilience:

The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. or
The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

Lets us understand meaning of resilience further:

Resilience is the process of adapting well,
in the face of adversity,
threats or
significant sources of stress such as family and
relationship problems,
serious health problems or 
workplace and
financial stress.
It means, “Bouncing back” from difficult experiences. Also
It means comeback from a Setback.

In other words, we are talking about our ability to handle life, in all its unpredictable difficult situation, without falling off, or hurting ourselves in the process.

Few Quotes to Understand Resilience in further detail:

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.

It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt, you fall. But, you keep going.
― Yasmin Mogahed

In conclusion, That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Let us Understand Resilience and attributes of Resilient people:

  • They not only maintain a positive outlook, but also envision brighter days ahead.
  • Resilient people have solid purpose or goals in life, and a desire to achieve the same.
  • Resilient people are empathetic and compassionate however,
  • They don’t waste time worrying what others think of them.
  • Above all, People with emotional awareness understand what they’re feeling and why. Moreover,
  • They also understand the feelings of others better because they are more in touch with their own inner life.
  • Resilient people also see the positives in most situations and believe in their strength.
  • Resilient people never think of themselves as victims. Above all they focus their time and energy on changing the things that they have control over.

Know your Resiliency Score:

Instructions for the test:

  1. Read the question carefully and,
  2. Answer the question with honesty.
  3. Answer according to your first choice as soon as you read the question.
  4. Rate yourself from 1 to 5 (1 = strongly disagree; 5 = strongly agree)
  5. Keep adding points for each question to know your resiliency score.

I often feel like I have control over what happens to me.

I do not worry about issues that I have no control over.

Feelings of anger and discouragement do not last long.

I can overcome painful childhood memories and lessen their impact on my behavior.

I am emotionally very strong.

When one attempt fails, I do not get discouraged and I learn from it and change my approach next time.

I am able to discuss my job and its challenges with people outside of work, such as family members and close friends.

Above all, I am normally optimistic and see difficulties as opportunities.

When going through a difficult period, I have a tendency to focus on the good things in my life that help me blossom.

I try to control events rather than being a victim of circumstances.

Interpretation of the score:

  • Less than 20: Low Resilience
  • 21 – 30: Some Resilience
  • 31 – 40: Adequate Resilience
  • 41 – 50: High Resilience  

Conclusion and Key Notes:

So far we have understood what Resilience means and what are the attributes of Resilience people. We also know where are we in terms of our resiliency score.

However, you need not have to worry if you have scored low in the test, because you can build and improve your resiliency score. You can learn this skill and how you can learn this, we will discuss that in my next post.

Till then thanks and you can read below post to know yourself better.

Know and understand yourself… Self-Awareness

Self-Discipline, How to bring discipline in Life

Understand Resilience
We as a human also need to do this. Resiliency will help us in thriving in the difficult time.

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