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In a world filled with struggles, traumas, and stress, how can one be more resilient?

Life is unpredictable. It waits for no one and won’t tell anyone what it’ll bring next.

Persistence is the essence of life. It will make people struggle, and only those who overcome whatever it throws will reap its rewards. This is the only way it prompts them to grow, aim for better things, and continue moving forward. If not for the existence of struggles, people may easily be content with their lives and learn to settle with inadequacy.

Struggles break people, but they can also make them stronger and better individuals if they know how to overcome and cope with these events’ aftermaths.

What Makes One Accept and Persist Through Challenges?

When people encounter unexpected and dire circumstances, they only have two paths: should they break or brave through? It’s easy to say that everyone should be brave through these situations. “There’s always a rainbow after the rain” is a sentiment easily thrown around in times of hardships, encouraging people to be steadfast on their feet, believing there will always be better days.

However, not everyone is naturally capable of springing back up.

Some crumble under pressure and give up when times get rough. While this path is ultimately something people pity, these individuals shouldn’t be blamed for taking the fall. Nobody is born steadfast, and, at the same time, not everybody is also molded to persist through misery. Instead, only those who persist and can be more resilient will learn how to accept and deal with life’s difficulties.

Why Is Resilience Important?

Resilience manifests when people cultivate an inner strength that’ll help them bounce back from any challenges life gives. Whether losing a job or encountering a disaster, people avoid being burdened by their circumstances when they learn to be more resilient.

Resilience makes problems feel less burdensome. This trait makes people see past the veil these obstacles bring and learn to enjoy life and handle the burden better.

Michael Pellegrino writes about this trait in his book Crisis = Opportunity, where he explores and refutes the common and instinctive ideology that problems equal despair. Through this material, he aims to encourage people to avoid spiraling into a rabbit hole of negativity when they experience troubles.

If Michael were only to embody one trait, he would try to be more resilient. He understands that the trait is life’s healthy foundation, a source of strength that pushes people forward through obstacles. This is why he chose to discuss the trait with his readers, sharing methods in which they can grow through resilience in times of hardship.

How Does One Be More Resilient?

Resilience doesn’t come naturally to people. It’s not wired within everyone and isn’t a straightforward trait to build. Instead, they must encounter specific experiences and learn a system of responses to be more resilient.

Here are some ways how:

Find a Sense of Purpose

When people are set to find their purpose, they learn to be more resilient. This is because they start seeing life’s challenges not as obstacles but as stepping stones to finding meaning behind their lives. Hence, instead of feeling discouraged by problems, people learn to look at them and anticipate what lessons they bring.

Resilient people don’t focus on the problem, breaking down why it’s difficult or unfair. Instead, they are quick to look for resolutions and overcome situations. Believing that life will never hinder their goals but will instead mold them to be fit for these, resilient people will always find the courage to face whatever life throws at them.

Believe in Oneself

To be more resilient, people must believe they can cope with life’s challenges. This belief will not only power them through hardships but also help them through the stresses they bring. When people become more self-confident, they learn to respond better and deal with problems, which is an excellent way to be more resilient.

One reason people crumble in the face of struggles is that they don’t believe in their capabilities. They underestimate what they’re able to face and overcome. By learning to be more confident and embody their potential, people begin to be steadfast even in the face of troubles.

Nurture Oneself

Mind may be over body, but they still go hand-in-hand. Hence, to be more resilient, people must take better care of themselves. When they’re under so much stress, people can easily neglect themselves. They begin to undermine the importance of maintaining their well-being in order to cope better with life’s challenges.

There are many ways to build self-nurturance, which can help people strengthen themselves against struggles and woes.

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