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Resilience has become something of a buzzword in recent years, and it describes the ability to adapt and bounce back when something difficult happens in your life.

It is widely regarded as a quality which can be deliberately developed, partly by taking care of yourself so that you don’t feel overstretched when setbacks occur. Here are some steps which could help you develop stronger coping skills...

 

Develop your interests

Devoting time to hobbies can pay dividends in satisfaction and can be very effective at distracting you from other stressful factors in your life. Think of it as finding a balance in your life.

 

Make time for friends

Social connection will make you feel less isolated and more positive in general. Sharing your feelings with friends can be useful too. They do say a problem shared is a problem halved, after all.

 

Look after your physical health

Be sure to sleep well, do more exercise and eat healthily. If you’re in good physical condition, you’ll be able to take emotional challenges in your stride too.

 

Get a change of scenery

Make sure you take your lunch break if you’re at work, perhaps spending some time outside or exercising. A day out somewhere different to usual or a holiday can also help refresh your mindset.

 

Be straightforward and assertive

If somebody is making unrealistic demands, let them know and explain why – politely of course. It’s OK to say no.

 

Resolve conflicts

This can be hard, but speak to a manager, colleague or family member to defuse tension and find a solution to problems together.

 

Forgive yourself

Don’t beat yourself up if you get something wrong. We all make mistakes and it won’t help to dwell on it. Focus on a positive outcome instead, then reward yourself for your achievements.

 

and relax

Do things that you know will help you unwind, whether it’s having a soak in the bath, going to a yoga class or heading out for a walk in the woods.

If you feel like you need professional support, speak to your GP. They can check your overall health, help you access treatments and could also recommend that you take some time off.

There are more ideas around developing resilience on the Mind website.