Building Resiliency

Everyone has tough times – but some times are tougher than others. Do you ever wish that you just knew how to cope better, to help you get through those really bad days? Don’t feel bad – resiliency is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to most people, but there are some things you can do to make yourself more resilient. 

What is resiliency?

Resilient people have a way of successfully (and in a healthy way) dealing with stress and even traumatic events. “Resiliency” means a person can cope with whatever life throws at them and bounce back fairly quickly. So how can you become more resilient? 

  1. Look for the meaning in what has happened. Think back to the past, to a time when you were discouraged or depressed over a situation that didn’t go your way. Was there a time when you came out of these difficulties only to find something better? This can help you see that you can make it through a tough time successfully, and even emerge with something better.
  2. Accept what is happening. There are some things that are out of our control, and no matter what we do there is no way to change anything. Accept this, and instead of worrying and trying to control everything, use your energy for the things you do have control over.
  3. Take it one step at a time. Of course life is hard to deal with if you are trying to deal with everything at once. Learn to break down problems into small steps to avoid that feeling of being overwhelmed.
  4. Give yourself credit for the small wins. Along those lines, give yourself credit just for getting out of bed and making it through the day, because it’s not always easy!

“Resiliency” doesn’t mean you don’t have bad times, and it doesn’t mean you never feel down or discouraged – it just means that you recover from these negative feelings more quickly. It gives you some hope for the future and the energy you need to live a productive life.  The staff at Wasatch Crest Treatment in Heber, Utah, wants to help you find happiness! Call (800) 385-3507. 

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