The importance of building resilience
Prioritising your own wellbeing and developing a coping mechanism to deal with any pressures and uncertainties in your life is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your own wellness. This is sometimes referred to as developing resilience.
You cannot control what is happening in the world around you. Yet, to live in this stressful modern world, you need to learn to develop and build resilience so that you are prepared when difficult situations arise. The challenges will always be there; the key is how you interact and respond to them.
Ways to manage your wellbeing
You may be a person who is more inclined to express your emotions through creativity, music, or journaling. Journaling is a wonderful way to express how you feel. Getting what’s in your mind out onto paper, referring back to your thoughts and noticing any patterns. This can be your biggest teacher. For many people it becomes an effective daily ritual.
However, you may prefer ways that are more soothing like being in nature. Even for just 10 minutes a day, tuning into all the different senses around you, takes you out of your head and brings you into the present moment. Feeling the ground beneath your feet can be extremely calming and incredibly grounding.
One of the most effective things to do is Turn off the television. Unplug from social media. Instead start a conversation, call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while or pick up a book. Especially before you go to bed. Give yourself a hour to wind-down from all technology before sleep.
Yoga and meditation practices are the perfect tools to build resilience and improve your health and well-being. The wonderful thing about Yoga and Meditation is that the practices are accessible to everyone. Moving your body boosts your mood, reduces stress, and will help to increase your focus.
Taking just five minutes from your day to connect with your breath will bring you out of the stress response and bring you back to balance. Learning to connect with the breath is one, if not THE most powerful practices you can ever master.
Here’s a short meditation practice that uses the breath as an anchor to calm the mind and emotions.
It’s taken me a while, but I’ve learnt to let go of looking too far ahead. Instead, I try to focus on the things in my life in the more immediate future. It can be very hard to not get caught up in what is happening in the world, but the tools I’ve mentioned in this article are the things I turn to as my support mechanism. I schedule my day and week to allow time to do the things that nourish my soul and help to manage my resilience, they are my coping mechanisms. Being in nature, time for myself to reflect and of course my daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice.
It is my wish that you find the tools that work for you to help keep you grounded in these times on uncertainty. If you liked this blog, you may also like to read 5 Pillars of Wellness – the secret to living a balanced, healthy life.