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What is resilience, and why do we need it?

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What is resilience, and why do we need it?

September 2020

We are not born with resilience, it’s something we develop, or not. The good news is that we can improve it at any stage of life, and if Covid has proven anything, it’s that healthy resilience is imperative. Now more than ever.

It is also one part of your foundation. And if your foundation is ‘wonky’ then other aspects of your life will also be unstable.

The thing is that we have no control over what life throws at us. There will always be challenges in life, but having an ability to respond well to, and learn from them will make your life a whole lot easier, and that’s what resilience is.

How do you know if your resilience needs work?

If you have low resilience, it means you are more easily affected by life’s challenges. Some of the signs of low resilience could be:

  • Being easily irritable
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Feel like you have no control of your life
  • Feel overwhelmed

Why is resilience important?

Just imagine if you are faced with a difficult situation, and instead of getting overwhelmed, you have the ability to work the problem and come up with solutions to solve it. Just imagine that instead of seeing things as ‘failures’ you see them as feedback. Something you can learn from. How much more in control would you feel?

Take 5 minutes to strengthen your resilience today because anything more than nothing is a success.

  1. Take 5 minutes out to relax.
    Relaxation can help you to de-stress; it reduces adrenaline and cortisol levels and gives your mind and body a bit of a break. if you do this regularly, it will build your resilience to stress.
  1. Take 5 minutes out for self-care.
    We don’t do this enough. Looking after ourselves and doing a little more of what we want is not a luxury; it’s an essential part of maintaining a healthy mind and our general wellbeing.
  1. Take 5 minutes to look after your physical health.
    Sometimes it is difficult to find the time and motivation to exercise, so do it in smaller chunks and build it up over time. Movement is exercise, so you don’t have to be Usain Bolt. Take a little walk, do some gardening, walk up and down the stairs a few times. It all counts

Looking after our wellbeing is a lifelong commitment, just like brushing your teeth. Even just 5 minutes per day is better than doing nothing at all and overtime, it builds your resilience to life’s challenges. So, what are you waiting for? Imagine how things would change if you just start with 5 minutes per day.