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5 Tips for Building Emotional Resilience

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As a coach, I feel that it is important to share my journey sometimes to show that we are all human, learning to navigate life's challenges and finding ways to grow. Recently, life has thrown some curveballs and whilst navigating these challenges I have found that my emotional wellbeing has taken a hit. I am a Highly Sensitive Person which means that I feel things deeply; I am extremely empathetic and feel other people's feelings strongly; things that feel small to others can feel like big issues to me; and I can become exhausted by feeling my emotions. In order to help myself through this time, I have been working on my Emotional Resilience. I am sure many people can relate to this in one way or another so I felt it may be helpful to share with you some of the tips I have found useful for building Emotional Resilience. Emotional Resilience is an important skill that can help you navigate life's challenges with greater ease. Here are five tips to help you build emotional resilience:

1. Build self-awareness: Emotional Resilience starts with understanding and acknowledging your emotions. Take the time to identify and explore your feelings. Practice mindfulness and self-reflection to better understand your emotional state and how it affects your thoughts and actions. When exploring my emotions and how they are affecting me, I find it useful to sit with my feelings, and truly feel them. Personally, I feel a big release when I let my tears out rather than hold them in so if needed I give myself some time to let those tears flow. Something I find useful is to have my journal out and write down whatever comes to mind - emotions, thoughts, reactions, words...anything! If I am struggling with this I use journal prompts to help guide me more. Once I have done this, I often find it easier to let go of any negative emotions and thoughts in order to feel more positive and move forward.

2. Develop a support system: Surrounding yourself with a strong support network of family, friends, or mentors can provide you with a safe space to share what's going on in your life and how it's making you feel. Having people you trust to lean on can help you cope with stress and adversity more effectively. This is vital to me and I have developed a strong support network over the years who I feel safe sharing anything and everything with. Just remember, this works both ways - create an equal level of support by giving out what you expect back.

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3. Practice self-care: Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is crucial for Emotional Resilience. Engage in activities that bring you joy, such as exercise, hobbies, or spending time in nature. Prioritize getting enough sleep, healthy eating, and regular relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation. I have built up a variety of self-care activities that either bring me peace when things are feeling 'too much', or that bring me joy and put me into a more positive mindset. Some of my go-to activities are going for a walk in nature, sitting outside in the sun (if possible) and reading a book, journaling, spending time with friends and family, creating artwork, or watching a film/tv show. It is important to find self-care activities that work for you. If you would like to explore some more self-care ideas, read my blog on self-care here.

4. Reframe challenges as opportunities: Resilient individuals view setbacks and challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. Rather than dwelling on negative circumstances, try to find the silver lining or lessons in difficult situations. Embrace a growth mindset, focusing on what you can control and how you can overcome obstacles. This is something I continue to work on as I come across new challenges. I find journaling helps me to express what is happening and then find a way to see things from a different perspective. I also reflect on what I have learned from the situation and always end my journaling activity with a positive affirmation.

5. Build problem-solving skills: Strengthening your problem-solving skills can enhance your resilience. Break down challenges into manageable steps, set realistic goals, and develop strategies to tackle them. Seek solutions, explore different perspectives, and be open to adapting your approach as needed. Remember, each problem you overcome boosts your confidence and resilience. This is something I find much easier to support other people with rather than doing it for myself. Looking at something from the outside can often make it easier to see where steps can be made to move forward. Taking a moment to pause, reflect and then act, helps me to better do this.

Remember that building emotional resilience is an ongoing process that takes time and practice. By incorporating these tips into your life, you can develop greater emotional strength and adaptability to face whatever comes your way. If you would like some guidance on building Emotional Resilience, book a FREE discovery call to chat with me about how I can support you.

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