Working on your mental well-being is just as important as working on your physical health. If you want to strengthen your resilience, try these tips:

  • Find meaning. Develop a sense of purpose for your life. Having something meaningful to focus on can help you share emotions, feel gratitude and experience an enhanced sense of well-being.
  • Learn from experience. Think back on how you have coped with hardships in the past. Build on skills and strategies that helped you through the rough times, and do not repeat those that did not help.
  • Take action. Do not just wish your problems would go away or try to ignore them. Instead, figure out what needs to be done, make a plan and take action.
  • Maintain perspective. Look at your situation in the larger context of your own life and of the world. Keep a long term perspective and know that your situation can improve if you actively work at it.

Becoming more resilient takes time and practice. If you do not feel you are making progress–or you just do not know where to start–consider talking to a mental health professional. With their guidance, you can improve your resilience and mental well-being.