By Coach Meredith
First off-- Happy First Day of Spring!
Here’s to hoping that Groundhog over there in Pennsylvania was wrong and our Spring stays Spring! Today I’d like to touch base on ‘Resiliency.’
We all face challenges and difficult situations in our lives which tend to cause a significant amount of added stress. This in turn affects both our mental and physical well-being. Unfortunately we cannot go through life without experiencing stress and pain. Resilience is the ability to withstand those stressors and to be able to adapt to them in quick, healthful ways.
Resiliency is not something we are born with, it is something we learn over time. All of life’s experiences help us to grow and learn as individuals. The key is to take what you’ve learned and continue to grow in a positive, productive manner.
Resilience means seeking support. Identify those people in your life who are a positive influence and reflect the same morals and values you appreciate. Keep these relationships close and push the “Negative Nancy’s” to the side. Build your own support army. The more positive, supportive people you have on your side, the easier it will be to withstand difficult times.
Two last points I’d like to touch on are: Put your health first and make each day count.
Resiliency is also taking the time necessary for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Take time each day to do something you enjoy. That could be reading a book, listening to your favorite music, cleaning, or exercising (my personal favorite! – Get those endorphins flowing!). Do your best to focus on eating healthily and making sure you get plenty of rest. We only have one life people! – Make sure you are taking care of yourself enough to actually live it and ENJOY it. (The key here is LIVING and ENJOYING)
Lastly, MAKE EACH DAY COUNT. – Each day set a small, attainable goal for yourself. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy. It could be- ‘Ok, I haven’t been so good about eating breakfast in the past, so today I will make sure I have something to eat for breakfast.’ Small, simple goals that make your day and life better. This way at the end of your day you can feel a sense of purpose and achievement from completing your goal. This helps to build positivity and reinforce good habits.
Practice positivity in any and all areas of your life. Instead of being afraid of your problems or ignoring them (which most of us tend to do because we don’t want to deal with the difficulty of them), figure out what you need to do (seek out help if you need to), make a plan, and get after it!
I hope this helps to open your mind to living a more positive life and you are able to begin working on building your resiliency. Stress is a natural thing, but anything in life is all how we react to it and we as individuals have complete control over our actions and reactions.
Need help on setting some daily goals or more tips on how to deal with those added stressors in our lives? – Please feel free to reach out. I’m happy to help!