By Anita Manley
How do you become resilient? Certainly, resiliency is an attribute many people aspire to have, especially during all the struggles with COVID.
Dr. Raj Bhatla, Psychiatrist in Chief & Chief of Staff at The Royal, tells us there are a few things we can do to attain resiliency:
First, The Basics:
Sleep: getting into a good sleep routine and certainly getting between 7-8 hours of sleep a night is essential to good overall health.
Diet: eating foods that fuel our minds and bodies.
Exercise: Getting out and moving more.
Furthermore, Raj’s Resilience Tips (The Important):
Compassion: Live a life having compassion for others and for yourself.
Meaning: Live a life filled with acts of meaning.
Gratitude: Live a life of gratitude and always look for at least one good thing each day.
I have done a little research into the topic of resiliency, and I’d like to share a few more things you can do to become more resilient during tough times.
Develop a Strong Support Network: Having caring and supportive people surrounding you is important when you are going through a hard time. Share with them, bounce off ideas.
Be Optimistic: Having a positive attitude when things are going wrong around you can be very difficult, but remaining hopeful is an important part of becoming resilient.
Believe in Yourself: Have confidence in your own ability to cope with life’s stresses. Change negative thoughts in your head to positive ones. “I can do this” “I have survived hard times before” “I will get through this”.
Set Goals: Crisis situations are scary and quite daunting. People with resiliency are able to look at a crisis as a problem to solve and set achievable goals to solve the problem. If you feel overwhelmed, break the problem down into manageable steps.
Embrace Change: Be flexible; it is an important part of resiliency. Soon you’ll be able to adapt and thrive when faced with a crisis by seizing the opportunity to branch out in new directions.
I hope you’ve found these tips to be helpful. Let me know in the comments.