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Simple Ways to Become More Resilient

By Sandy Schroeder

The past year has tested all of us and probably made us more resilient. If you can relate, you may want to learn more ways to become even stronger. 

As you seek to do a lot more, take care of your family, and get your daily work done, a lot of resilience is required. When the day grows too long, the kids get cranky, and you are looking for a place to hide out, try these key resilience tips from the Cleveland Clinic. 

Ways to Bounce Back 

Take these simple steps now.

Operate with optimism - The strongest people that I know never waste time whining or feeling sorry for themselves. Instead, they take every problem head on and look to see where the positives are. That kind of attitude can be contagious and you would be wise to hang out with all of the positive people that you know.  

Make your story a positive one - Often people try to influence what we do or say by typecasting us. Don't buy into that. Take a long look at who you are with successes and failures included, and go from there. You know who you are and that makes you the best person to create the path forward. Think about all of the things that you have done and dwell on the ones that worked the best for you. Figure out what your talents and weaknesses are and put the positives to work whenever you can. 

Create a strong support network - Wherever you go you have the opportunity to make friends and enlist more support. Be honest and lend a hand wherever you can. In return you will find people who are willing to help. I know people who make friends wherever they go, and I know others who leave a string of issues. Look for the positives and skip the toxic situations. 

Own up to mistakes - When things do not go well, there are often many reasons. Do not assume everything is your fault. Invite discussions and really listen to others as you avoid similar pitfalls in future projects.  Building a team spirit makes everything easier. When people loosen up and communicate, projects come together better. 

Take stress breaks - In a demanding world it's easy to become tense and tired. Pace yourself and build in time for breaks throughout the day and on the weekends. Little breaks will keep your spirits up and your work moving. Pushing through hour after hour seldom works to get the best job. Make stress relief an ongoing goal to do your best work. 

Create a success list - Take a few minutes to look back and spot your most successful projects. Then when you run into snags take a look back and see what elements made those projects so strong. See if those same paths might work in your current work. 

Resilience does not happen overnight, but it is well worth the effort to learn how to bounce back and move on ahead. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flower Mound, Tex.

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