When you're facing a difficult situation, it's easy to fold. Nothing seems more appealing than giving up on the day and crawling back in bed when times are tough, but this approach won't help you climb out of the pit. Resilience and strength will help you not only survive, but thrive in the face of adversity.
Stress engages the body's natural fight or flight response, which is a fairly useless tool in most modern situations. It won't help for you to either fight or run from your boss when you're in a high-pressure situation. It will, however, help for you to recognize the presence of stress so you can mindfully handle it.
Create a toolbox of go-to strategies that help you calm down in a stressful situation. You might try deep breathing, meditation, journaling, jogging, or even kickboxing. Find out what works so you can quickly and efficiently channel away that stressful energy.
Accepting the Situation
Stop fretting over unwanted situations and simply accept what you cannot change. You can't make the traffic move, so accept where you are and explore what you can do with the moment.
Reframing Your Thoughts
Examine your thoughts and flip those that are negative. Change "I'm afraid I'll be late to work and get in trouble," to "I hope I make it to work safely and have a productive day." Your thoughts often create your reality. Don't paint in the details of the worst that could happen or else you may manifest it. Fully visualize what you hope for instead.
Changing your thought patterns takes mental strength. Work those muscles daily to build up resilience that will become second nature.
Taking Small Steps Forward
Don't allow yourself to sit down and get stuck in difficult times. Focus on the next step forward, even if it's a small one. If you're mourning a great loss, that next step could be as small as taking a shower. If you're facing a seemingly insurmountable project, break it down to the very first piece of research you need.
Start small and diligently work forward, one tiny pace at a time. If you can't figure out where to start, talking to a psychic might help you find your path.
Gratitude is one of the most critical components of resilience. It's infinitely easier to withstand hard times when you're well-practiced in the art of appreciating the good things. Gratitude may not come naturally, especially when things are tough.
Force yourself to sit down and list out three things you're thankful for every day. Keeping a gratitude journal has miraculous power to shore up your resiliency and build your strength in the face of challenging situations.
Practicing these strategies regularly will help you increase your resiliency so that setbacks no longer feel so significant, and you're confident in your ability to take on new challenges and effectively move forward.