Most likely you have heard the word resilience but you may not be sure exactly what it means. According to Dictionary.Com, resilience is “the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” Think about it as a beach ball that bounces back after being thrown down. Have you ever bounced back from something difficult? Chances are, you have. You have made it through 100% of your bad days and your obstacles. If you feel that you weren’t able to bounce back quickly or you’re still struggling with some events, here are some helpful tips to help build your resilience.
- Give yourself grace. Understand that you’re still learning from life and it may be difficult to adjust to new situations. iIt will take time to build coping skills, but you will get through it
- Count on those that care about you. When you’re having a hard time (we ALL go through hard times) reach out to those that love and care about you. This could be your best friend, teacher, counselor, neighbor, friend’s parent, or one of your family members. They may not always have the right words to help, but they can let you know that you’re not alone.
- Take care of yourself. Have you ever seen a toddler when they are hungry or sleepy? If so, you’ve noticed that they can get grouchy really quick. Guess what? That doesn’t change as we get older. We just show our grouchiness in different ways. Sleeping, eating, doing something we enjoy, and resting are all ways to take care of yourself.
- Here are more ways to learn about how to build your resiliency.
If you’re still struggling with something difficult, talk to a trusted friend or adult! Even if they can’t help solve the problem, they can point you in the right direction to getting the support you need.