People who are resilient in difficult situations are those who :
- recognize “it’s bad now”
- are aware of a range of emotions – including “positive” ones!
(even among the feelings of stress, frustration, fear, anger, guilt, sadness, etc,
they’re also feeling moments of humor, awe, gratitude, compassion, curiosity, hope… )
- expect that life can get better
- are action oriented
(thinking things like “what can I do now to cope most effectively?” or
“what steps can I begin taking to be in a better space?”)
And which ones would you like to cultivate, strengthen, or get in the habit of using to help you get through the rough patches?
For effective, practical stress management skills that enhance health and performance, check out the Stress Management & High Performance Clinic programs at http://www.SelfRegulationSkills.ca.
Kathy Somers, R.Kin, BCB