What is resilience?
Resilience is the psychological quality that allows some people to be knocked down by the adversities of life and come back at least as strong as before.
~ source: Psychology Today
How can I boost my resilience?
In this video, hear about how Dr Lucy Hone’s own resilience was tested and her tips to boost resilience.
What she learned was:
- Accept the reality that suffering is part of life
- Enjoy the good things in life – focus you attention using mindfulness techniques or being grateful for the good things in life, as we suggested in previous blogs
- Ask, “Is the way I’m thinking or acting helping or harming me?”
Creating a ‘Resilience Tree’ 🌳
Drawing a ‘Resilience Tree’ is a good way to think about how strengths and relationships help you to overcome any challenges you are facing.
- Start by drawing as rough outline of a tree with roots, a trunk and branches/leaves.
- Fill out the roots with things that help you cultivate resilience. This could be relationships with your family or friends. Also think about interests and hobbies; the things you enjoy doing that take your mind off stresses. Are the any particular places and spaces you can go that help you to feel safe and calm?
- Add your fruits to the branches with positive things that you can achieve when you’re at your best such as supporting others, clearing mental fog and working towards your purpose.
- Fill out the trunk by connecting your roots to your fruits; digging into your roots gives you headspace, a better perspective and clears your mind to make better decisions
For more instructions and an example, check out this Tree of Resilience activity information.