I've been thinking a lot lately about how 2020 has been a year of change and growth. For most people, the challenge to adjust creates stress and worry. As time passes by, we may have a sense that there's not enough time to do everything we need and want to (which can add to stress and feeling discontented). How can we avoid these time pressures and feel satisfied with the moments we live? For this reason, I want to offer 3 ways to continue building hardiness and resilience (in other words, the ability to remain calm in the face of crisis and recover quickly) so that stress levels stay manageable and not overwhelming. This important conversation also applies to the anxiety and worry we may feel with the holiday season/end of year, ongoing pandemic & prolonged stay at home/distancing recommendations, and presidential election.
If you are stressed or feeling down, you are not alone! The 2020 nationwide Harris Poll reports that 78% of adults say that the coronavirus pandemic is a significant cause of stress in their lives, while 60% say that the current number of issues America faces is overwhelming to them. In light of this, how have you been lately with stress levels or worrying unproductively? If you feel like you are (or very recently have been) pushing your limits, do you have a strategy to prevent yourself from being consumed and breaking down? Do you depend on situations to resolve themselves so that your stress levels can return to normal? Learn and practice new strategies to take care of yourself- one of which is to grow in the area of resilience so that you are less affected when stress arises. This encouragement particularly applies to those who are feeling a bit more anxious with current seasonal, social, and political changes our country is experiencing.
3 Ways to Build Growth in
Resilience Into Your Life:
"How Will These Behaviors Support the Development of Resilience?"
Conner and Davidson conducted research and identified 25 qualities that contribute to resilience. The activity ideas that I suggested above can help you become more resilient in some of the ways identified by Conner and Davidson, such as:
For additional ideas on fostering a lifestyle anchored in resilience, you can review my previous blog posts here and here.
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