We've had some challenges in Show/Girl Towers lately, and it's easy to feel like you're drowning in a sea of challenges at times. But here's the thing: you're stronger than you think, and I am stronger than I give myself credit for! With a little bit of resilience, you can weather any storm and come out the other side even stronger.
That's why I've put together this post with 10 practical ways to strengthen your resilience and tackle life's challenges head-on. From practicing self-care to really growing your mindset, these tips will help you build up your mental toughness and bounce back from setbacks.
So if you're ready to take on whatever life throws your way, keep reading for some powerful strategies that will help you strengthen your resilience muscles and emerge victorious in the face of adversity!
Practice self-care: Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in activities that bring you joy. It is so easy to put yourself at the bottom of the list (mums especially - I'm talking to you!), you can take the hit for so long, but then have to prioritise yourself, if you go down, the whole thing will fall apart.
Cultivate a growth mindset: Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning rather than seeing them as threats or failures. This means - Learn stuff, find out how things work, be curious.
Build a support system: Surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage you, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. This is critical, keeping it all in and being 'brave' will just make you explode. I put about my challenges on Facebook and Linked in - not for sympathy, but to be thankful for how lucky we are. The outreach of support, help, and prayers, has been overwhelming. Deliveries of food and offers of childcare have just been some of the practical things. But meetings with friends, and therapy while having my lashes done - has been the thing that has kept me going.
Set realistic goals: Break big goals down into smaller, achievable steps so you can make progress without feeling overwhelmed. The amount of things that have needed to be done over the last few weeks has been overwhelming, so setting more realistic goals - even just to book my MOT and run the hoover round has been a blessing. I haven't been able to focus on some of the more cerebral stuff lately.
Develop coping skills: Learn healthy ways to cope with stress such as deep breathing exercises or meditation. At some points over the last few weeks, I've felt like I haven't breathed for ages, so taking really deep breaths has helped.
Focus on the present moment: Practice mindfulness to help you stay grounded in the present moment rather than getting lost in worries about the past or future. My mantra has been - lets just deal with now, rather than worry about stuff we don't know about.
Keep things in perspective: Remember that setbacks are temporary and that you have the strength to overcome them. And just focus on now and the things you have control over.
Maintain a positive attitude: Choose to focus on the good in life rather than dwelling on negative thoughts or feelings. We are pretty positive people, and I can see how it is doing us good, being negative and being around negative people can only help you spiral downwards.
Find meaning and purpose: Connect with your values and passions to find meaning in life beyond just surviving day-to-day challenges. Not just reveling in doom, doing other things, and the things you love when you are going through tough times can be a game changer.
Celebrate successes along the way: Take time to acknowledge your progress and celebrate small victories along the way toward your bigger goals. For us, at the moment, it's white blood cell count and how much Lee is able to walk. This sounds a bit dismal, but we are positive that there will be more to celebrate!