Building Resilience for Better Mental Health

Everyone faces challenges in life. How we handle them is personal. Adapting to life’s trying times with resilience—the ability to rebound from difficult situations—can help you not only cope, but also grow from adverse experiences.

Note that if you are experiencing challenges or have any mental health concerns, please seek help. MyTherapist is a resource for mental health advice and connecting with licensed mental healthcare providers.

How to Build Your Resilience 

Strengthen Personal Connections:

  1. Make relationships a priority:
  • Strong, positive relationships can offer us support as we face adversity. Reach out to trusted friends, family members, and co-workers regularly. Offering each other mutual emotional support is a win-win for all.
  1. Join a group:
  • Being part of a positive group can help you feel a sense of belonging, boost your confidence, and offer you a support system. There are many types of groups you can choose to be part of.
  1. Build connections with your community:
  • You can feel a sense of strength and belonging from connecting with your community. This can be as simple as saying hello to your neighbors.
  1. Reach out for support if you need it:
  • Being resilient does not mean facing adversity alone. There is strength in knowing when to reach out for help.

Take Care:

  1. Exercise:
  • Exercise can help you stay both physically and emotionally strong.
  1. Get restorative sleep:
  • Regular sleep and enough sleep can help you regulate your emotions and keep your body healthy.
  1. Make nutrition a priority:
  • A nutritious diet can help you stay physically strong, maintain focus, avoid mood fluctuations, and have a positive outlook.
  1. Use stress management tools:
  • Using stress management techniques such as deep breathing and time management skills can help you feel calm and in control as you face challenges.

Find Purpose and Meaning:

  1. Help others:
  • Helping others is a great way to help yourself. If you have the strength to help others, you can feel confident in your ability to help yourself in the face of adversity.
  1. Set goals:
  • Find purpose in life by setting goals and working towards them, which can promote feelings of strength and confidence in your ability to move forward.

Find Power in Positive Thinking

  1. Keep things in perspective:
  • If your thoughts tend to be negative or you worry about “what ifs” or worst-case scenarios, try to reframe them. Keep things in perspective.
  • Challenge your negative thoughts. Ask yourself questions like “Is this actually the worst thing that could happen?” Prepping your brain for positive thinking can help you not only in the present, but also when faced with adversity in the future.

Consider Change and Face Your Fears

  1. Grow from change:
  • Instead of resisting change, whether good or bad, try to grow and learn from it.
  1. Be adaptable to change:
  • When change happens or life doesn’t go as expected, be ready by being adaptable to change and flexible about how you can handle life’s surprises with strength and a positive outlook.

Healthy Coping with Resilience

Resilience can’t make problems go away, but it can help you cope with adversity in healthy ways. With resilience, you can learn and grow from challenges and move forward with strength.