Do you ever wonder why some people seem to bounce back from adversity in a timely fashion, while others sit on the sidelines of life and don’t recover? One word. Resiliency. What exactly is resilience? It’s the ability to adapt to challenging life experiences and grow stronger by using your God given strengths to find meaning and purpose in life despite your circumstances. Some situations are so traumatic that they require higher levels of resiliency to navigate the deep waters we find ourselves facing. We can’t steer through things like witnessing a murder, the traumas of war, or being raped as easily as we can the normal expected difficulties of life.
The key to resiliency is learning to function and even grow under extreme on-going pressures without acting in maladaptive ways. Resilient people display some primary characteristics that are necessary for forward movement. The good news about resilience is that we are all born with the capacity to develop it, but it takes intentional deliberate effort, practice, and a mindset like Rocky Balboa.
Your mind and habits will determine the outcome of your future, so whether you’ve been traumatized by a major life event, or you’re just struggling through a difficult season, there are key strategies that can help you lower your resistance to stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.