Resilience is described as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.” Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being able to bounce back from a setback is an essential tool to survive our everyday lives that are filled with challenges, which at times can leave us feeling helpless.
It is for this reason that being resilient and building resilience should be a top priority for everyone during these uncertain times. The Pandemic has caused economic and social disruption which has lasting effects, the worst being the loss of human life in our country and the rest of the world. The news of a second wave, as we were starting to recover from the first wave, has been a huge blow, and readjusting has been a difficult task. This has increased and accelerated the need for resilience, more especially as many are experiencing fatigue of all things COVID related, while others are battling feelings of despair and helplessness.
We are however, in a way, individually tasked to ensure that we are able to see beyond these times, and see a definite light at the end of the tunnel, for the sake of ourselves and the country as a whole. In order to do this, building resilience is an essential part of this process.
Being resilient does not mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. Some people equate resilience with mental toughness, but demonstrating resilience includes working through emotional pain and suffering. Katie Hurley, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, provides methods to assist in this regard.
Building and cultivating resilience:
Being in the midst of a storm makes it difficult to see or imagine a life outside of it. It therefore makes it easy to fall into habits of self-doubt, hopelessness and negative thoughts. Unfortunately, these do not improve any situation. It is important to be aware of the fact that this is not a once-off or an overnight exercise, but one that takes time and requires frequent implementation in order to ensure success. The ability to get up, and continuously try is what makes the difference.