Jul 25, 2022
Resilience: the ability to cope with and recover from life’s challenges and setbacks.
It’s never too late to develop resilience.
Since we live longer, healthy aging includes our resilience to face life’s challenges.
Studies reveal a positive relationship between resilience, well-being, and aging well.
Resilience is about our ability to respond. Our ability to respond to what life brings. Can we learn from our adversity? Can we get proper support and not blame or shame? Can we see things from a positive mindset?
These skills I like to call mental fitness. Learnable skills and practices to help us maintain a sense of well-being during challenging times.The ability to maintain an awareness of how we think and feel and act, or react.
Death, divorce, financial stress, and conflict in relationships are met with less stress and reactivity when we have a foundation of resilience skills.
These challenges become opportunities. Opportunities to build resilience. With the chance to emerge stronger than before.
Some skills we can focus on to boost our resilience relate to self-care, mindfulness practices, and conflict resolution. They can also be emotion-based skills such as taking a bath, getting support, using positive self-talk. They can be problem-based such as decision-making, and setting boundaries.
We can create awareness to be better prepared for life's inevitable challenges.
And since they are mostly unpredictable, today is a good time to start.