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The only constant in life is change, and the more we train that resilience muscle, the less bumpy this road called ‘life’, will be. To help you take your first steps towards strengthening your resilience muscle, we’ve compiled our top five tips.

Are you one of those people who watches Survivor and are convinced that you could ‘outlast’ the lot of them? Yes? Then how have you found this COVID-19 period? Fine? Manageable? Even with all of the restrictions and time spent in isolation?

If it’s a “yes” to all of this, you might be described as ‘resilient’ – a quality that sees you able to ‘bend and flex’ with the times and perform to your capabilities in any situation.

If you’re like the majority of us however, it’s likely you might have experienced some or significant stress by this ongoing change, the time away from others, job losses or new working-from-home and home-schooling arrangements. And whilst COVID-19 is an unprecedented and truly horrid situation – one positive to come from it is the reminder of the importance of building resilience – so we can be even more prepared for the next set of changes or challenges we will inevitably experience.

To help you take your first steps towards strengthening your ‘resilience muscle’, we’ve compiled the five tips below:

  1. Be familiar with and ‘nourish’ the resources you do have – your strengths, your support networks and your relationships
  2. Strive to grow your self-esteem by learning new things, pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, and embracing new challenges
  3. Work on keeping your anxiety and stress levels low – through exercise, regular routine where possible, good sleep patterns, good nutrition, and fulfilling hobbies
  4. Regularly practise staying calm, meditation and deep breathing when encountering small problems, and address them rather than avoid them
  5. Recognise when you do need some assistance – your GP or counsellor is your first step towards getting even stronger

Remember – as the old adage goes; the only constant in life is change, and the more we train that resilience muscle, the less bumpy this road called ‘life’, will be.


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