As we experience the vicissitudes of daily life things can get stressful, exhausting, sad and overwhelming.  We work, parent, pay bills, run errands, shop, and fulfill a host of other obligations and responsibilities. Life can be hard! We try to eat heathy, exercise and sustain relationships and even this can offer it’s own set of challenges.

You are still standing and you are doing your best to withstand the wiles of this world. Good job! Keep striving! Here is a list of a few things that can help you improve your emotional resilience:

  • Develop a healthy self-care routine. Eating healthy, exercising, 7-8 hours of sleep, set boundaries, and feed your spirit.
  • Try mindfulness. Learn to live in the future rather than dwelling on the past or stressing about the future.
  • Be social. Don’t isolate yourself. Connect sometimes to avoid alienating.
  • Use kindness. develop compassion and be caring, kind and loving to others. Try to be kind instead of trying to prove you’re right.
  • Manage emotions. Hostility, rage and anger can cause problems with relationships and self-destructive behavior. Strive for peace, serenity and calmness.
  • Use humor. Watch a funny movie, laugh, and lighten up.  Stop taking yourself so seriously.
  • Progress not perfection. Take small steps.  Your awareness is progress. Change takes time.
  • Recognize the teachable moments you’ve experienced. We can and have learned from past errors. Be open-minded, flexible and aware.
  • Remember the 3 C’s you can’t CHANGE, CONTROL, or CURE other’s we can only work on ourselves. Be part of the solution and not the problem.
  •  Use affirmations. Say kind things about yourself and your progress.
  • Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength and not a sign of weakness.  Talk to a trusting friend, family member, clergy and/or psychotherapist.