#30daysofchange September - Resilience

RESILIENCE….bounce back with these 30 different tips to help you build resilience in your life. #30daysofchange #takeaction
01. Acceptance.  Change is a natural part of living so if you’re struggling to reach certain goals or finding it difficult to move forward try working on accepting the current circumstance and focus on parts of your life that you can alter or have control on. 
02. Take decisive actions.  Action speaks louder than words and acting in difficult or adverse situations is always better than detaching yourself from the problem.  
03. Nurture a positive view of yourself.  Don’t limit yourself by having a negative view of yourself, develop confidence and a positive view of yourself will help you build resilience. 
04. Self Care.  Take more time out for yourself, pay attention to your own needs and feelings. If we can practice self-care our mind and body are better positioned to deal with situations that require us to be resilient. 
05. Read the Resiliency Advantage to give you a better perspective on just how important and beneficial resilience is. 
06. Find the silver lining.  When your having the worst moments or when the going gets touch try and find the silver lining in each of the challenging circumstances. 
07. Maintain perspective.  Instead of blowing out a situation out of proportion understand that most situations may not have an impact in the long term. 
08. Stay flexible.  Resilient people understand that things can change. Being open and staying flexible allows us to adapt easily. 
09. Practice Cognitive Restructuring - read more about it here.
10. Watch these 10 videos on Resilience 
11. Continue self-discovery.  Resilient people never stop searching for opportunities for self-discovery. 
12. Appreciate life.  Have an appreciation for life and you will always see that there are people that all around you with difficult situations but one can always move forward, even if periods of difficulty last longer than we would like or can control. 
13. Build connections.  The more connections you have with colleagues, friends and family the happier you will be and the easier it will be for you to be resilient.  Make sure they are authentic connections. 
14. Remind yourself of your strengths.  When we review our positive qualities and the strengths we have we’re more likely to bounce back faster in difficult situations and also become more confident.
15. Work on your problem solving skills.  Practicing our problem solving skills allows us to better cope with problems when they arise. 
16. When in crisis develop goals.  Goals are pretty important in every aspect and in many of the themes we’ve shared with over the past year, but when building resilience setting realistic and SMART goals are necessary to be able to move through the current challenge or difficult circumstances we may face.  Setting goals will make it easier to manage as we break it down into small steps. 
17. Get enough sleep. Sleep is important for us to not get overwhelmed and the more sleep we get the better we are in coping with tough situations. 
18. Remain hopeful.  We can’t change our past but we can direct our future.
19. Be proactive.  No matter how tough things are we need to constantly be proactive and keep taking small steps. 
20. Volunteer.  Shifting your focus on others that need your help will help you stay positive and provide a different perspective. 
21. Have plenty of humour.  Laughing and humour helps our stress levels.
22. Look for a role model.  It always helps to have someone to look up to. 
23. Avoid over thinking.  When we think to much we can end up going down a downward spiral if we’re not careful so when you find yourself thinking over and over again.  Stop. Breath. Reflect.  Do something different.  The answer will come when you least expect it. 
24. Ask yourself some important questions when you start thinking too much:
  • What will happen if I do nothing at all?
  • Can this problem solve itself? If not what are the top 3 action items I need to do immediately to stop it from getting worse?
  • Is there a potential upside of this event or problem?
  • How much of this problem can I actually control?
25. Reflect. Take yourself out to dinner by yourself.  Or have a walk in a park and think about what situations in your past may have impacted you or made you less resilient?  
26. Review your Explanatory Style.  Once you’ve reviewed it, practice changing your explanatory style.  Read more on what exactly that is here.
27. Look at setbacks as temporary isolated events.  
28. Recognise your moods.  Try and monitor your moods throughout a week.  Understand what makes you feel low and what events make you feel happier.  Or perhaps it’s even the food you take in. 
29. Review your circle of friends.  People can drain us or give us more energy.  When spending time with friends or colleagues understand who may drain your energy vs others who may uplift you.  This can help us understand who we should have around us when we’re at our most vulnerable or when we require more resilience. 
30. Keep hacking your personal and professional routines or habits.