7 Simple Ways To Cultivate A Resilient Mindset

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According to psychology, resiliency is the ability to bounce back to normalcy after a tough situation. Over time, you can develop and practice this trait. To do this, practice gratitude, have a sense of humor, talk positively to yourself, practice mindfulness, and build intimate relationships with other people. Try to keep yourself healthy and remind yourself of past victories.

Psychology defines resilience as the capacity to bounce back quickly from difficulties and tough situations. Most people are more resilient than they think they are, but some just aren’t. Rather than finding out which you are when you hit a bump in the road, it’s better to have your ‘airbags’ in place so to speak. These are simple practices that you can put in place to cultivate a resilient mind.

1. Practice Gratitude

Practice gratitude regularly

Exercising gratitude does wonders for your spirit. It reminds you of all the ways in which you are blessed abundantly. The next few times you say thank you, make a conscious effort to really mean it. Genuinely acknowledge that the person has done a particular service or favor even if it’s expected of them. Receiving gratitude also wakes you to the reality that there are bigger things in the world, outside of your bubble.

2. Have A Sense Of Humor

It’s important to learn how to laugh at yourself.

A sense of humor is an amazing asset to have in a tough situation. Learning to laugh at yourself is a core attribute of resilience. Laughter reminds you that there is still joy in everyday life. It also helps that being able to laugh at yourself makes sure that you won’t take yourself more seriously than you need to.

3. Talk Positively To Yourself

Affirm yourself every day

If someone else were to talk down to us and insult our abilities, we’d be quick to counter or at least reason with them to find out why they would say so. However, we talk down to ourselves so often. We must learn to speak positively to ourselves and argue with the inner voice that says otherwise.

4. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness helps you stay aware and completely present.

Learning how to be present in the moment is a skill that you won’t regret learning. People go through their day without truly having experienced anything. Being mindful and engaged with what you are doing at the present time will help when you compartmentalize things like stress and worry until the appropriate time. If you must, schedule a time in the day when you can actually do just that.

5. Build Strong, Intimate Relationships

Relationships offer social support

Our social relationships are the pillar we lean on for support. Spend more time with supportive people, spend time supporting others who need it. A social circle gives us the perception that we’re not alone in this fight.

6. Stay Healthy

Your mind and body need to be healthy

It’s always a great idea to learn how to eat healthy and stay active. A healthy lifestyle is a key aspect in becoming resilient. Your mind and body are dependent on each other. If one isn’t in good shape, the other will feel the effects. To minimize the ripples that come with tough situations, cultivate a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain. Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water each day.

7. Remember Past Victories

Remind yourself that the bad times don’t last forever.

Keep an account of all the times you’ve had to go through tough times, how you felt at the time, how long it took to move on. When you are feeling low in a situation, remind yourself that the way you’re feeling won’t last forever. This to too shall pass soon enough and in the meantime, you retain your fighting spirit.

We can never tell what tomorrow brings with it, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Don’t let life get you down.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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