Resilience… Your Greatest Ally in Getting Back to Normal from COVID-19
Has COVID-19 tested you like never before? Are you now making every effort to get “back to normal?” If so, your greatest ally will be resilience.
So what is resilience? It is that amazing skill that enables you to recover quickly from difficulties. With resilience at your side, you are at peace with humanity. Perhaps it is because the pandemic experience has helped you to accept your own vulnerabilities.
The following 20-question Resiliency Quiz was created by the late Al Siebert, Ph.D., the author of The Resiliency Advantage and The Survivor Personality.
Rate yourself from 1 to 5 on the following: (1 = very little, 5 = very strong)
- 80 or higher: Congratulations. Resilience is your ally.
- 65 – 80: You recover from difficulties better than most.
- 50 – 65: Your adversity coping mechanisms are adequate, but work to improve.
- 40 – 50: Take time to appreciate how resiliency can help you.
- 40 or under: You react poorly to unexpected challenges. Don’t fret. Learn from others who have mastered this trait.
Characteristics of Resilient People
While research confirms that the coping skills of people vary drastically after a crisis, resilient individuals are able to manage their feelings, keep perspective in check, and maintain control as they tackle problems.
An October 27, 2015 article in Inc. magazine by Jeremy Goldman suggests that there are a handful of key habits of resilient people:
- Look to the future
When you experience failure, setbacks, or even tragedy, it is important to realize that life goes on and that things will get better.
- Don't build your life with dominoes
When one thing tumbles, the rest must not follow suit. When you allow unrelated segments of your life to impact one another negatively, you are allowing yourself to enter a vicious cycle that exacerbates each problem and ultimately makes you feel worse about it all.
- Do not be rigid to the point of detriment
Unshakeable inflexibility is a weakness. It's great to have routine and structure, but you also need to have the ability to shuffle obligations and make room for new opportunities, or you'll burn yourself out and won't take advantage of lucky breaks and happenstance.
- You are human
Last, and perhaps most importantly, life is about setbacks. Resilient people learn how to come out the other side, and pick things right up again the next day, or the day after. That's really what resilience is, after all: It's about not giving up, even when things go badly, even when we've made a mistake or let ourselves down.
You now have a sense of the characteristics of resilient people. You may ask how does one go about becoming more resilient? Below are a handful of tips:
- Work on building positive attitudes and emotions
- Spend time on your sense of purpose
- Develop coping strategies and use them
- Establish and nurture a supportive social network
- Look after yourself – exercise, rest, eat well
- Create time to do the things you enjoy
- Recognize and develop your natural strengths
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