Psychological resilience refers to the ability to mentally withstand or adapt to uncertainty and adversity. Building resilience to life’s inevitable changes and challenges can help you cope with and manage stressors. Resilience can also help protect you from various mental health symptoms. As the pandemic rolls into year three, health care professionals are noticing stress and anxiety developing into greater mental health concerns. Mental Health Awareness Month, observed annually in May, is a great time to check in on your feelings and thoughts.
Resilience isn’t developed overnight; it’s built over time and shaped by personal experiences. Just like building muscle, elevating your psychological resilience requires time and commitment. Consider the following strategies:
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle. For a holistic approach to maintaining your physical wellness, you should prioritize sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated and regularly be physically active.
- Practice self-care. Get into the habit of taking care of yourself and doing activities that make you happy. It’s important to prioritize yourself now more than ever.
- Maintain an optimistic outlook. It can be beneficial to adjust your thought process and reframe any negative thoughts. Own your negative thoughts; when you say them out loud, they can lose their power.
- Review your employee benefits. Your employer may offer mental well-being support and resources, so check what’s available in your plan.
Make your psychological resilience a priority this month. If you do anything, focus on doing at least one thing every day for yourself that supports your overall well-being.
If you have any concerns, reach out to a health care professional or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).