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7 Ways to Build Resilience

Good Morning Beautiful Souls!

Welcome back to Mind Reimagined, where we take a holistic view of our mental health and wellness through the arts, communication, and support. Our topic today will be for the individual who is stressed, having a hard time coping with what's going on in this world, or just wanting more resources on how best to build resilience during these times. If you don't know what resilience is, it is the ability to recover quickly from difficult situations and is an amazing skill to have.

Though there are many ways that we can build resilience I'm going to list just a few strategies that you can use to start building that today:

1. Stop negative self-talk and thought cycles- when unfortunate things happen to us we can sometimes get stuck dwelling on that negative thought and possible outcomes. We can start to experience shame, blame, and fear of future mistakes. What I recommend is planning out what you will do the next time you have a negative thought or experience before it happens so that when it does, you'll be ready.

2. Experience more positive emotions- incorporating emotions like joy, hope, and inspiration can help us to feel and function better in our day-to-day life; these emotions help to rewire our brain to increase our resilience.

3. Overcome your fear of failure- honestly, all of us will fail at something at some point in our life yet, many of us attempt to avoid failure any way we can. By trying to avoid failure we never allow ourselves to overcome the challenges it presents which stops us from practicing resilience. 

4. Do something that scares you once a week- something that makes you feel anxious or excited can help you better cope with a life that always has unexpected things happening. 

5. Try a few gratitude exercises- write down some things that you are grateful for, go through each item on that list, and spend just 2 minutes to feel how grateful you are for the item listed. Try doing this at least once a day for 30 days to start looking at your life more positively.

6. Try the hand on heart exercise - place your hand on your heart or both hands for 1 minute and think positive and warm thoughts. If you would like, you can use those items listed above that you are grateful for. This exercise will help you to limit unnecessary stress and have more self-compassion.

7. This too shall pass- my grandma used to say trouble don't last always, any unfortunate situations that are happening will eventually end and the good thing about that is there will be so many lessons to learn. I know that we are not able to predict the future but when I'm in a troublesome situation I like to ask myself will this be an issue for me five years from now, what do I want to be doing then, do I want to feel the way I'm currently feeling, and if not, what do I need to do right now to make sure that doesn't happen?

When life throws you a curveball, instead of feeling upset about it, ask yourself the questions listed previously as well as what is this trying to teach me. To build resilience we have to learn to stop trying to push negative situations and emotions away and use them to light a fire in us and fuel the change that we want to see in our lives. I hope this post is the catalyst that you need for change and positive self-talk to happen more often in your life. 

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I hope you have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day and go think GOOD thoughts 

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