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A Woman's Guide to Building Resilience

With everything going on in the world right now, it can sometimes feel impossible to be in control of your own life. It sometimes feels like life keeps throwing us curveballs, and it’s our job to roll with the punches. The trick is learning how to keep growing stronger while being able to quickly adapt to changes happening all around us. We get it, it’s not easy! That’s why we’ve come up with these tips to help you build resilience and give you the tools to bounce back. 

Take care of yourself above all.

It’s hard to be the best version of yourself when you don’t treat yourself like it. Before you can work on your resilience, check-in with yourself. Make sure you’re getting proper sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and checking your mental health often. Doing this will turn your mind, body, and spirit into the foundation you need to grow into your own powerful inner resilience.

Work on your mindset.

Resilience begins in your head. If you don’t have the proper mindset, it will be difficult to rebalance your life when faced with new or unforeseen challenges. Instead of viewing all-new challenges as potentially unfortunate or negative circumstances, try thinking of these as presenting a new opportunity to learn and to grow. When you experience setbacks, know that you already possess the necessary skills within you to eventually be successful. Your focus should be on formulating a plan and taking the next right step to move forward. Everything in life happens for a reason, and by adjusting your mindset and adopting a more positive way of thinking, you’ll begin to believe that you’re capable of achieving more. With this, you’ll see that truly nothing is impossible!

Find something in your life to focus on through hardship.

Sometimes when we’re faced with dramatic changes, health issues, or economic problems, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. During these times it’s important to take a deep breath, get centered, and take a step back. Find something positive to be grateful for and you’ll begin to feel less stress and anxiety. Learn to lean-in to the belief that this too shall pass. Nothing in life is permanent and if you can focus your energy on developing an action plan to overcome obstacles, things will begin to fall into place. 

Think of the most important people in your life or your most important goals. It will be different for everyone. For a mother, it may be her family. For a young working professional, it may be her career. For a student, it may be her grades. Focus on the people and the things that are most important to you when life gets tough. Take time to reach out to family, friends, and loved ones and take a mental break. Don’t be shy to ask for help or to seek advice from a mentor. Everyone needs a helping hand at low points in their life and none of us can do it all alone. Silence the negative thoughts in your head and focus instead on the positive steps you can take to achieve a specific outcome. Get out a pen and organize your thoughts on paper to formulate a plan.  

Everyone strives to be resilient, but it’s not always as straightforward as it seems. By adopting these strategies into your lifestyle, every day it will become easier to overcome obstacles that may have once seemed overwhelming. Begin to believe in yourself to foster a healthy mindset.   You’ll find that you are made of strong stuff and that you are capable of more than you know.