Today’s world offers us many opportunities to feel stressed out and depleted so feeling resilient and thriving is a great quality to cultivate.  Yes, we may fall down and go off track from time to time, but it’s the bouncing back that’s important!

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  Nelson Mandela

Here are my top tips in cultivating resilience and learning to thrive in your life:

  1. Decide that you are a thriver!  No matter what happens in your life you use life’s experiences/challenges as stepping-stones rather than obstacles.  Build this belief of flexibility and capability by finding evidence to support this.  Remember back to times where you overcame a crisis and survived to tell the tale.
  1. Maintain and build strong relationships.  Having caring, supportive friends and family around you who want the best for you can act as a buffer and help you to be resilient through challenges.  Equally, being able to confide in friends and family allows you to share feelings, gain support and come up with possible solutions to your problems.
  1. Be flexible.  Easier said than done at times!  Flexibility is a crucial part of bouncing back!  By learning how to be more flexible you’ll be better able to respond effectively in times of change.  While some people may be crushed by abrupt changes, highly resilient individuals are able to adapt and thrive.
  1. Decide to be an optimist.  This is a habit that you can get in to relatively quickly. Start practicing gratitude and noticing what’s already working in your life.  This doesn’t mean ignoring the stuff that isn’t working in your life.  It means understanding that setbacks are transient and that you have can combat the challenges you face.  What you are dealing with may be tricky, but it is important to remain confident and positive about a brighter day tomorrow.
  1. Take good care of yourself.  This seems simple, but actually for many of us it can be challenging especially if you are going through a challenging period.  Losing your appetite, not feeling like exercising and not getting enough good sleep are all common reactions to a stressful situation.  Focus on building your self-care skills, even when things are less than perfect.  STILL make time for activities that you enjoy.  Give yourself Full Permission knowing that by taking care of your own needs, you can boost your overall health and resilience and deal more effectively with life’s challenges!

I hope you found this post useful! If you would like to chat to me some more about building your resilience and thriving in your life then please contact us