We can define the concept of psychological resilience in a language that everyone can understand, as “the ability to cope with the difficulties we have to struggle with, to adapt to ongoing stressful experiences, and to successfully overcome traumatic situations”.
Many of us can get lost in the middle of questions such as “why am I not as affected when what happens to me happens to someone else?”, “why am I so unsuccessful in dealing with problems?”, “why can’t I be strong like other people?” . However, we should not forget that there are many factors that affect psychological resilience. Many issues from family and friendship life to socio-economic level affect psychological resilience.
Considering all this, we see that psychological resilience is a coping skill that increases or decreases over time.
How Can We Increase Psychological Resilience?
Discover your strengths.
“What was the best thing for you in any difficult situation? ”, ”What did you do to deal with the difficult situation and how did you manage it” etc. Think about the answers to the questions and identify your strengths.
Developing your strengths will also make serious contributions to your psychological resilience.
Remember that stressful and challenging situations are a part of life. Acceptance is the first step towards overcoming. Remind yourself that life is a combination of positives and negatives, and strive to adopt a more flexible perspective.
Engage in the things that are good for you.
Sometimes this can be a fun time spent with people whose conversations are good for us, and sometimes it can even be reading a good book accompanied by our favorite music. Make time for activities that feed you socially.
Bring the feeling of hope into your life.
Remember that difficult situations do not last forever and you will surely find a suitable way out.
Get professional support.
Some situations can be difficult to deal with alone. In situations where we are stuck, getting professional support can help us gain a more helpful perspective.