WE’RE A RESILIENT MOB
From my first blog I have sought to help foster and promote community understanding and how we’ve learned to adapt to make the best of life’s experiences.
Never did I think I would be blogging about how to make the best of a worldwide pandemic. Nonetheless, the answer is the same: resilience, and never has it been so important.
Having resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life’s difficulties. People who possess resilience don’t see life through rose-coloured glasses. They still experience every emotion from pain and anger to grief and disappointment, but their mental outlook allows them to work through these types of feelings.
Becoming more resilient not only helps you get through difficult circumstances, ironically enough it also can help to improve your life along the way.
It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the things that feel far beyond our control. Instead of wishing there was some way you could change things, try focusing on the things that are in your control. Think of a couple of things you could do to help progress your own personal situation during these times. However small these steps may be, they will improve your sense of control and resilience.
How Do We Build Resilience?
How can we take these small steps and find ways to keep ourselves sane at the same time? It comes down to letting yourself explore. Normally we don’t allow ourselves to explore enough, but the current restrictions provide an ideal opportunity that will never likely present itself again in our lifetime, hopefully.
During your time in isolation try your hand at new and different activities that normally you would not even give a second thought about. Some of us already have taken on new projects from online home schooling to cooking and safe distancing driveway get together's.
Don’t be afraid to do something different. Sometimes doing things that push you out of your comfort zone is when you truly feel a sense of enjoyment and achievement.
As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult times, it can also lead to unintended and unforeseen personal growth.
In the wake of disasters such as recent devastating bushfire's in Australia, many people demonstrated the behaviours that typify resilience. Not only were they able to remain strong in the face of almost unbearable loss, but they were also able to carry on and even offer emotional support to others affected by the same tragedy.
Resilience is the ability to roll with the punches. When stress, adversity or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief and pain, but you’re able to keep functioning — both physically and mentally. However, that doesn’t mean toughing it out, being stoic or going it alone. In fact, being able to reach out to others for support is a key component of being resilient.