5 tips for achieving mental resilience

Published 2 May 2023 | 2 min read

Do you find yourself struggling to bounce back from difficult situations or overcome challenges in your life? Are you feeling overwhelmed and helpless?

When we face challenging times, it's easy to spiral into negative thinking patterns and catastrophize every situation. With constant exposure to media and the world around us, our minds can become consumed with stress and anxiety, leading to mental exhaustion.

What if we told you that mental resilience is something that can be learned and developed over time? It's not something we're born with, but rather a skill that can be honed through practice and self-awareness.

Here are the 5 tips for achieving mental resilience:

1. Focus on what you can control

Rather than allowing your brain to dwell on all the challenges you face, focus on the things within your control and take action on those. For clarity, draw a big circle and write down the things inside and outside your control. Then focus your time and energy on what's inside the circle.

2. Monitor what you feed your thoughts.

Be aware of what you're listening to and watching. Limit your exposure to media - whether it's yet another news repeat (which is mostly negative) or social media. Watch just enough to stay informed.

3. Constantly ask yourself "is this helpful or harmful?"

If you're up late scrolling, perhaps it's better to head to bed. Unable to concentrate or work effectively? Get outdoors, take a deep breath, think of something you're grateful for. You are in control of what you choose to do in the moment.

4. Avoid catastrophising.

This is where you jump to the worst possible conclusion and then the next one and the next. Fear causes this so combat your fear with facts.

5. Stay connected.

Find ways to stay closely connected to the most important people in your life. Have four-second daily hugs with your loved ones. Plan regular catch-ups - have a monthly lunch with your best mate, call a friend while you're out for a walk, and create 'connection meetings' for your team where no business is discussed.

By developing mental resilience, you'll be better equipped to handle difficult situations, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from failure. You'll feel more confident and in control of your life.

To achieve mental resilience, focus on the things within your control and take action on those. Be aware of what you're exposing yourself to and choose to surround yourself with positivity. Practice mindfulness and be intentional about your thoughts and actions. Remember to stay connected to those who support and encourage you. With time and practice, you'll develop mental resilience and become better equipped to face whatever life throws your way.

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