Resilience 101 | Liv

Simple tips and tricks to foster resilience in your day-to-day life, as suggested by Nicholas Anderson of Forge.

  • Get some exercise! Maintaining good physical health shows strong links to maintaining psychological health and vice versa.
  • Spend time with other people. A strange product of our connected world seems to be a huge rise in loneliness. Find ways to build better relationships and spend more time with friends and family.
  • Monitor your self-talk – what we call your “explanatory style” for events. If you notice that you blame any “fixed” elements of yourself, such as your perceived weaknesses or personality traits, when bad things happen, try to challenge yourself to come up with a different explanation.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Every night.
  • I personally find that mindfulness exercises have helped me to deal with stresses in my life. It’s not the panacea that some might claim, but it does have an emerging evidence base that shows a level of impact.
  • Give back. It seems that meaningful activities and giving can have more beneficial effects on the giver that those who receive our help. Find some ways of giving, whether volunteering or just helping others out.
  • Evaluate your workload. Are you taking on too much, doing too much?
  • Seek expert help if it’s all getting too much.
  • Schedule regular time out. Anything from regular short desk breaks to holidays can help our psychological wellness.

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