I highlighted an interesting statistic in my last blog, Resilience and Bouncing Back with Benefits, but I think it is worth restating. Seventy-five percent of those experiencing trauma are resilient, and 25% struggle, begging the question, “What distinguishes those individuals who evidence resilience from those who develop anxiety, depression, or PTSD?
While the full reason for the 75/25% split is not one hundred percent understood, we know that resilience is related to our emotional reserves. Some of us have a natural, higher level of positivity reserves. However, for others with less of a natural reserve, resiliency can be taught and built, even before a trauma happens.
Here are some activities that you might want to integrate in your life now to hedge off the ill effects of a possible trauma and even bounce back better:
- Grow and nurture your support systems. “Connectedness” is potent.
- Spark curiosity and wonder. Excitement is powerful.
- Articulate your thoughts and emotions either directly to a trusted person or therapist or even through the activity of journaling. Expression and personal narratives are healing.
- Accept the things that you cannot change and move forward to what you can change or impact. Reality wins over expectations.
- Celebrate even the small wins of your life. Joy nourishes our souls.
- Idea jars…develop your own positivity statements or inspirational quotes. Pull out one at a time to build up your daily positivity reserve. Intentionally investing in positivity bears much profit.
- Dig into your faith. Belief drives emotions and actions.
One last statement about the merit of building resilience: we can best give to ourselves and others by operating out of our positivity overflow.
Written by: Sheri Schulze