No matter where you look and regardless of your background, every human goes through difficult times in their lives. For many people, life challenges can be overwhelming and for some, they can cause a host of issues in their mental and emotional wellbeing. Building resilience isn’t easy—at least if you don’t have the right strategies in place. Here are some tips to help you on your journey to a more resilient life:
Visit your therapist/psychiatrist
Sometimes life can be incredibly overwhelming and if you have never worked with a therapist, you may not have that many tools to help you maintain an equilibrium during these phases. Consider trying out a therapy session or two to see if you can take something away from it for your life. It may take time to navigate different therapists, but therapy can be a great tool for finding mental and emotional stability.
In some cases, your mental health could be making emotional and mental calmness a bit challenging, simply from brain chemistry and lived experiences. Your psychiatrist could suggest medication that could help you navigate your mental health a little easier. In some cases, you may simply need supplements like NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide).
Consider a mindfulness practice
If you’re someone with a really busy lifestyle, it can be a bit challenging to find calm in your day-to-day life. But when life is bringing more stress, that’s when you can benefit even more from calming practice. For some, journaling is the kind of practice that helps them to release stressful thoughts or to navigate difficult emotions.
For others, it could be morning meditation that helps you to start your day feeling calm and ready to take on the challenges of your day. Find the mindfulness practice that feels good for you and your life.
Surround yourself with a strong circle
A big aspect of resilience and emotional well-being can actually be found in our connections and circle. Those with a stronger inner circle may have an easier time navigating challenges as they have people that they can fully rely on.
Even just having friends that you can call when life is a bit challenging is a game-changer when it comes to emotional resilience. If you feel like you could use more people in your circle, it doesn’t hurt to join things like MeetUp or start new activities that help you to get in front of people who could become some of your best friends.
Practice a sport or exercise
Something that can help you feel more grounded and stable in your life could be exercise. While we know that exercise is great for our physical health, movement has a way of stabilizing intense emotions and helping us to find calm through the difficulties that life brings us.
Whether you start running in the mornings and find how well it works for releasing anxiety or mountain biking takes you out into nature and allows you to disconnect from your stressful day, consider how movement really is a great tool for building mental resilience.
Learn to rest
If you want to be sure to feel healthy on the inside and outside, rest is a must. From quality sleep to simply taking time to relax, resting can help to calm an anxious nervous system and help you find relief from a busy day where you are constantly moving. Vacation is also an important part of building up emotional and mental fortitude, as it can take you out of the challenges of everyday life and help you return a bit more refreshed.
If you’re looking for a bit more peace and calm in your life, despite the challenges, consider these tips to help you navigate the difficulties that life brings. From getting help from a professional to taking supplements that help to calm your nervous system or maintain better health, many things can help build up emotional/mental resilience.