4 Steps for building emotional resilience

As a community of likeminded individuals who consistently work to thrive in life, we are really in this together.

We understand the pressure that you are facing, as well as the power of a strong support system. You are not alone – we are with you. The way forward is to help each other through this challenging period.

Yes, it’s scary but you’ve got this. The difference between those who suffer and those who thrive begins with a mind shift.

Psychotherapist, Sheri Van Dijk describes emotional resilience as the ability to manage and cope with stressors by remaining balanced – whether big or small.

By clicking onto this blog post, you’ve already taken the first step to strengthen your resilience muscle – you’ve chosen action.

Here are 4 things that all emotionally resilient people have in common:

They have a strong support system

In her book, Secrets of Six-Figure Women, Barbara Stanny writes that in her extensive research and interviews with more than 150 high-earners, what every woman had in common was a solid support system – whether from friends, family, colleagues or mentors – each woman had at least one person to turn to for emotional support. Who is that person for you? Stay connected to your loved ones during this time and do your best to avoid isolating yourself from communication with others.

They face their fears

Studies show that repeated exposure to events that created trauma can help one subside anxiety related to fear. In other words, the best way to overcome your fear is to face it. Jot down a list of things you are grateful for when you are reminded of your fear. Don’t be afraid to consider the worst-case scenarios related to your fear as this will help you develop solutions.

They’re optimistic

Business Unit Director at General Mills, Liz Mascolo, describes optimism as the ability to focus on a positive outcome. But it’s more than just positive thinking. New York University Professor, Gabriele Oettingen says that optimism requires effort. “Optimism is defined as expectancy judgements that you can do certain things in future,” in other words, you are willing yourself to create a positive outcome, not just looking on the bright side.

They have good exercise habits

Healthy body, healthy mind. Exercise is a great way to develop a good habit, strengthen your willpower, and destress. Many people find exercise therapeutic and integral to developing mental endurance, consistency, and resilience.

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