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    ACCEPTING A NO

    A lot has been said over the past few years about taking in as much on your plate as you can possibly complete at any given time. So this gave way to promoting the culture of saying No when it is most required. And it is an amazing thing to do to take care of your mental health. To make sure you are not slogging off more than required. It helps you focus on a lot of other things in life that need looking into. And honestly it's a great way to de-stress as well.

    Now while we have promoted the idea of Saying NO to a really large extent. No one is talking about how to “Accept” a No. Let's face it.. it does a lot of damage to your mental health as well when you are on the opposite end of that table. And that part has not been looked into as much.

    We humans have a habit of planning things way ahead. 5 year goals , 10 year goals and what not. But what do you do when you miss just one of them by a mere issue of luck or technicality or whatever you want to term it. For us highly structured creatures, the world comes crashing down. We feel that years and years of efforts and hard work have all led us to Nothing. It's really stupid how we stop looking just a step ahead. Just around the curb is the History you were meant to make. If you stop here, thinking that's the end of the road. You just never get there. And No it's not the fault of the singular person who made a decision at that point that you have not become the person you envisioned yourself to be. It is rather You. Coz Battles are not lost because of the enemy's strength. You lose your battle the moment you lose the confidence and conviction on Yourself.

    What would the world be like if Edison gave up after his first attempt? Would the world have known the Magical world of Harry Potter it so dearly loved if J K Rowling gave up the 1st time some editor rejected her manuscript? It is a very crucial skill that we need to develop in today's day. Yes, Resilience is a Skill. It is a much demanded skill as the world goes through massive recession, wars and what not. How you process a failure, a rejection or any form of a “No” is pivotal in changing the world’s economic landscape.

    #MentalHealth #resilience #globalrecession #Notgivingup #Believe

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    Mindfulness supports resilience

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    Mindfulness practice has a variety of benefits. Helping you build resilience is one of the key benefits to developing a day-to-day mindfulness practice.

    When dealing with stress or anxiety, it can be hard to cope. Your emotions may feel unmanageable or overwhelming.

    Mental health conditions may make it hard to get through times of crisis or healthily handle stress. But mindful coping strategies are available to help you relax and find a state of peace in your life.

    If you seek to become more self-aware and handle stress better, mindfulness practice may be something to consider.

    Mindfulness is about living in the present moment and being intentional. Resilience is defined as bouncing back from adverse life events or recovering quickly from difficulties.

    Resilience also is related to the characteristics that allow you to thrive after an adverse event. Mindfulness and resilience often go hand and hand.

    Research from 2021, evaluated the impact mindfulness-based practice and physical activity have on the development of resilience.

    Findings indicated that mindfulness-based practice could lead to greater levels of individual resilience.

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/the-science-of-resilience-and-coping

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    Coping strategies

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    Some common coping mechanisms may challenge you to:

    -Lower your expectations.

    -Ask others to help or assist you.

    -Take responsibility for the situation.

    -Engage in problem solving.

    -Maintain emotionally supportive relationships.

    -Maintain emotional composure or, alternatively, expressing distressing emotions.

    -Challenge previously held beliefs that are no longer adaptive.

    -Directly attempt to change the source of stress.

    -Distance yourself from the source of stress.

    -View the problem through a religious perspective.

    Experts agree that coping is a process rather than an event. You may alternate between several of the above coping strategies in order to cope with a stressful event.

    People differ in particular styles of coping or prefer to use certain coping strategies over others. These differences in coping styles usually reflect differences in personality. Rigidity in coping is less likely to help than is flexibility in coping — being able to fit the most appropriate coping strategy to the demands of different situations.

    However, some situations that require coping are likely to elicit (bring out) similar coping responses from most people. For example, work-related stressors are more likely to elicit problem-solving strategies. Stressors that are perceived to be changeable are more likely to elicit problem-solving strategies while stressors perceived to be unchangeable are more likely to elicit social support seeking and emotion-focused strategies.

    What can we do to protect ourselves against stress and enhance our prospects for successful coping? Perhaps the most important strategy is to maintain emotionally supportive relationships with others. A vast field of research demonstrates that emotional support buffers individuals against the negative impact of stress.

    It's especially important to evaluate your overall lifestyle when encountering significant stress. Engage in stress-reducing activities to help your overall approach to coping with stressors. Try to:

    -Get enough good quality sleep.

    -Eat a well-balanced diet.

    -Exercise on a regular basis.

    -Take brief rest periods during the day to relax.

    -Take vacations away from home and work.

    -Engage in pleasurable or fun activities every day.

    -Practice relaxation exercises such as yoga, prayer, meditation or progressive muscle relaxation.

    -Avoid use of caffeine and alcohol.

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/the-science-of-resilience-and-coping

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    Resilience and brain

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    Resilience is the ability to cope with and recover from setbacks. People who remain calm in the face of disaster have resilience.1 People with psychological resilience are able to use their skills and strengths to respond to life's challenges, which can include those related to:

    -Death of a loved one

    -Divorce

    -Financial issues

    -Illness

    -Job loss

    -Medical emergencies

    -Natural disasters

    Instead of falling into despair or hiding from issues by using unhealthy coping strategies, resilient people face life's difficulties head-on.

    People with resilience do not experience less distress, grief, or anxiety than other people do. Instead, they use healthy coping skills to handle such difficulties in ways that foster strength and growth, often emerging stronger than they were before.

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/the-science-of-resilience-and-coping

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    Classes of virtues

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    1. Virtue of Wisdom and Knowledge

    The more curious and creative we allow ourselves to become, the more we gain perspective and wisdom and will, in turn, love what we are learning. This is developing the virtue of wisdom and knowledge.

    Strengths that accompany this virtue involve acquiring and using knowledge:

    -Creativity (e.g. Albert Einstein’s creativity led him to acquire knowledge and wisdom about the universe)

    -Curiosity

    -Open-mindedness

    -Love of Learning

    -Perspective and Wisdom (Fun fact: many studies have found that adults’ self-ratings of perspective and wisdom do not depend on age, which contrasts the popular idea that our wisdom increases with age).

    2. Virtue of Courage

    The braver and more persistent we become, the more our integrity will increase because we will reach a state of feeling vital, and this results in being more courageous in character.

    Strengths that accompany this virtue involve accomplishing goals in the face of things that oppose it:

    -Bravery

    -Persistence

    -Integrity

    -Vitality

    3. Virtue of Humanity

    There is a reason why Oprah Winfrey is seen as a symbol of virtue for humanitarians: on every show, she approaches her guests with respect, appreciation, and interest (social intelligence), she practices kindness through her charity work, and she shows her love to her friends and family.

    Strengths that accompany this virtue include caring and befriending others:

    -Love

    -Kindness

    -Social intelligence

    4. Virtue of Justice

    Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. He led India to independence and helped created movements for civil rights and freedom by being an active citizen in nonviolent disobedience. His work has been applied worldwide for its universality.

    Strengths that accompany this virtue include those that build a healthy and stable community:

    -Being an active citizen who is socially responsible, loyal, and a team member.

    -Fairness

    -Leadership

    5. Virtue of Temperance

    Being forgiving, merciful, humble, prudent, and in control of our behaviors and instincts prevents us from being arrogant, selfish, or any other trait that is excessive or unbalanced.

    Strengths that are included in this virtue are those that protect against excess:

    -Forgiveness and mercy

    -Humility and modesty

    -Prudence

    -Self-Regulation and Self-control

    6. Virtue of Transcendence

    The Dalai Lama is a transcendent being who speaks openly why he never loses hope in humanity’s potential. He also appreciates nature in its perfection and lives according to what he believes is his intended purpose.

    Strengths that accompany this virtue include those that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning:

    -Appreciation of beauty and excellence

    -Gratitude

    -Hope

    -Humor and playfulness

    -Spirituality, or a sense of purpose

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/the-science-of-resilience-and-coping

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    Character strengths

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    Naturally, character strengths can be found all throughout the Bible. These five verses call us to be kind and to live with humility, to forgive and love one another. We’re called to live in unity with others and to show gratitude to God. This passage also emphasises wisdom and knowledge of God’s word, and finishes with the instruction to do things whole-heartedly for God.

    Or in the language of character strengths, we’re called to show kindness, humility, forgiveness, love, teamwork, gratitude, wisdom and passion. As I write (briefly) on each one, I’d like to offer some tools from positive psychology that we can all use to help us step into this fully.

    Kindness is all about doing things for other people, showing compassion and being generous. We can increase our levels of kindness simply by turning our thoughts into kind acts. A positive psychology tool here is simply ‘counting kindness’, which you have seen and acted out that day. Fredrikson’s ‘Broaden-and-Build’ theory suggests that just from becoming more aware and dwelling on kind acts, we will act more kindly, see it more in the world and become a kinder person as a result.

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/the-science-of-resilience-and-coping

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    Benefits of gratitude

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    A little gratitude can do wonders for your mood. When you practice gratitude, you shift your thoughts away from negative emotions and uncomfortable sensations. Instead, you begin to focus on good things that you may have overlooked.

    Rather than focusing on the misfortune of having a flat tire, for example, you consider how your job has made it possible to pay for repairs. Or you shift your focus to how fortunate you are to have close friends who are willing to drive you home.

    This kind of thinking leads to a release of serotonin and dopamine, chemicals in the brain that are associated with happiness and pleasure. Acknowledging gratitude also decreases stress hormones. The short-term result is a reduction in anxiety and an improvement in mood. In the long-term, regularly practicing gratitude may also lead to lasting changes in your brain, priming you to be more grateful going forward.

    Because gratitude can boost your mood, perhaps it's no surprise that it can also improve your overall mental health. As you practice gratitude, you may notice a decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety. While gratitude alone may not be a magic bullet to mental health issues, it can be one part of a broader treatment plan.

    Approaching life with a more positive mindset can do more than just improve your mood. It can have cascading benefits in other areas of your life, such as:

    Better sleep. Some research links increased gratitude with higher quality sleep and fewer sleep disturbances. This might be because expressing gratitude right before bed allows you to fall asleep with a more positive outlook.

    Improved focus. Gratitude might make it easier for you to focus. If you begin to view the task in front of you — whether it’s schoolwork or job duties — in a more positive light, you spend less energy feeling stressed about it. You might even begin to view challenges, such as an upcoming exam, as opportunities rather than hurdles.

    Higher self-esteem. Viewing the world with a sense of gratitude can change the way you think about your own worth. Imagine that a friend treats you to lunch. As you express your appreciation, you also begin to realize that your friend is spending time and resources on you because they value you.

    Increased patience. The results of 2016 research seemed to indicate that people who regularly express gratitude are more patient. So, if you want to increase self-control and reduce impulsiveness, try practicing gratitude.

    Social benefits

    Gratitude has the potential to enhance the quality of your relationships. Expressing your appreciation for a friend or family member shows them that you care and opens the door for more positive interactions in the future. For example, if you tell your friend that you appreciate them offering you a shoulder to lean on in tough times, your friend will recognize their importance and continue to be there for you. You may also feel compelled to reciprocate their acts of kindness.

    Physical health benefits

    Gratitude can also come with plenty of physical benefits as well. For example, as your gratefulness reduces your stress and brings you closer to loved ones, you may see a decrease in your blood pressure and levels of inflammation. This can give way to better overall cardiovascular health.

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/the-science-of-resilience-and-coping

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    Growing Pains

    Back in the day,

    We used to play outside till dawn

    Now, we're just another government pawn

    Back in the day,

    We used to live, laugh & grow

    Now, we are forced to work our asses off bro

    What is this shit? (mind my language)

    Death is a trap to try and get us to submit?

    As kids, we couldn't wait to be adults

    Now, I reflect and I am like that was truly nuts!

    The days when we could cry and be comforted

    Childhood turned to adulthood and those days plummeted

    Now, we're struggling to make ends meet, Who would have thought, childhood was only a treat

    But it's life,

    So put away that knife

    It is what it is -

    God is good, all is his

    Better days are ahead

    So, go and continue to chase that bread!

    #Life #resilience #NeverGiveUp #Suicide #SuicideAwareness #Selfharm #selfharmawareness #strength #courage #bravery #Independence #freedom #freedomwriters #useyourwords #expression #expressyourself #creativity #Deep #deepthinkers #bold #Spirituality #Meditation #Spiritual #calm #Zen #gowiththeflow #liveinthepresent #loa #TheSecret #manifest #manifestation #Positivity #PositiveVibes #GoodVibes #vibes #Energy #YouCanDoIt #Believe #Hope #Care #Empathy #compassion

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    Have you ever?

    Have your ever felt like no one understands you?

    Like you are alive but yet you feel like you are also dead

    Have you ever tried to reach out or talk

    But then, you are like 'nah, they won't get it'

    Have you ever felt so anxious,

    you masked it with ridiculously lame and 'weird' humour or sarcasm?

    Just to make it look like you are super chill but you are really just nervous

    Have you ever wanted to win a stranger's heart

    By giving them random compliments or by trying to make them smile or laugh

    Secretly thinking to yourself that this is exactly how you feel everyone should be and treat each other

    Have you ever been so naive to ignore the bad in someone and focus solely on the positives and look at the good in everyone?

    Have you ever been so foolish that you've tried to help and support or cheer up someone that has repeatedly hurt you and you know does not care about you and probably would not do the same in return? Yet, you do it anyways?

    Have you ever just stared into space, zoned out and smile...

    Imagining your perfect little dream world

    Imagining Utopia

    Have you ever been so naturally 'high' that people have assumed you drank or did drugs?

    Have you ever felt happy inside but on the outside felt scared to express or show it because of well, so-called evil eye

    Have you ever not believed in superstitions yet still been anxious and overthink your interactions due to them

    Have you ever just been happy for no reason at all like a child

    Have you ever... just spontaneously wrote a post like this without even thinking?

    Impulsivity can be fun but it can be exhausting...

    Humour can be fun but be tiring...

    Good things come and go; it is okay to feel not okay and for bad times to also come, they also go.

    Don't stop being you due to the bad moments or days

    KEEP SMILING :) :) Your energy is contagious and is needed to make the world go round - YING YANG - hippie style

    #modernhippie #hippiestyle #yingyang #loa #TheSecret #Energy #vibe #GoodVibes #smile #keepsmiling #haveyouever #justdoit #taketheinitiative #takerisks #risk #Risks #Impulsivity #spontaneous #bebold #bold #Brave #courage #strength #Independence #freedom #freedomwriters #resilience #Empathy #compassion #humanity #happyness #pursuitofhappyness #justlisten #listen #justobserve