Emotional Resilience
Emotional Resilience

Emotional Resilience – What you think can affect how you feel

Spring brings such a positive outlook to those of us who have muddled through a typical Midwest winter. However, some of us have a positive outlook – no matter the season. If you do, you may have what is considered emotional resilience.

Emotional resilience

What is emotional resilience?

Emotional resilience is when you are able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciate the good times. You are also able to bounce back from difficulties faster. Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life and focusing on what’s important to you also adds to overall emotional wellness.

Emotional resilience can help improve your health

Did you know how you look at life can affect not only your emotional health, but also your physical health? Worry and stress can cause your body to react with tense muscles, stomach issues or headaches. When you’re more relaxed, you’re more likely to handle pain and stress better. Research has found a link between having an upbeat attitude and improved health, including –

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced risk for heart disease
  • Healthier weight
  • Better blood sugar levels

How can I build resilience?

Whether you begin on your own or enlist the help of a counselor or therapist, you can become more resilient! Here are a few ways  –

  • Remember your good deeds.
    Give yourself credit for the good things you do for others each day.
  • Accept that change is a part of living.
    Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.
  • Move toward your goals.
    Develop some realistic goals. Take small steps, even if it seems like a small accomplishment, helps you to move toward your goals.
  • Develop a positive view of yourself.
    Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.
  • Forgive yourself.
    Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from what went wrong, but don’t dwell on it.
  • Be kind to yourself.
    Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.

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Healthwise Staff (2016), “Building Resilience” (accessed 02/03/2016), available at uwhealth.org