It’s true that we live in uncertain times right now. With the unprecedented combination of stressors facing us now, it’s more important than ever to take care of our emotional wellbeing. Feelings of stress and anxiety are normal and natural, but sustained periods of feeling this way can be both physically and mentally taxing. This is where resilience comes in. Resilience refers to our ability to rebound productively from challenging situations, and further, it can protect against anxiety. People who are more resilient are better equipped to handle the psychological toll of these trying times.
Fortunately, resilience is a learned skill and can be improved. Here are a few ways to build your resilience and bounce back from stress.
Starting with intention
The way you start your day can greatly impact how the rest of it goes. Instead of taking those first moments to plan what you’re going to do, try reflecting inward. It doesn’t need to take long; ten minutes will suffice. During this time reflect on the things that are challenging you, let go of your feelings from the day before, and set your intentions for the day. You can think of this as clearing your mind of clutter, and it helps you to act more intentionally on the things you want to feel and accomplish that day.
Focus on things you can control
In times of uncertainty, there are many aspects that you can’t control. Instead of catastrophizing and worrying about these things, instead look at the things that you can control and change. These may include helping others or finding ways to describe our experiences, which then, in turn, can prevent us from worrying. Keeping a structure or routine in your life may help to offset the sense of chaos that you’re experiencing. Setting daily goals is another way to stay grounded and focus on the present. Goals and activities that generate a sense of accomplishment are good choices, but it can still feel good to accomplish smaller, seemingly mundane tasks.
Exercise is good for your emotional health, too. Exercise creates endorphins, brain chemicals that help to relieve stress and promote feelings of wellbeing. Physical activity doesn’t necessarily mean a workout, so just find a way to get your body moving whether it’s through housework or simply going outside. If you’re looking for a workout routine, you can find free videos on YouTube tailored to your ability and preferences.