Building Resilience: Strengthen Your Invisible Muscle!

Life has a knack for throwing curveballs when we least expect it. That’s why prioritising activities that build resilience is essential; they prepare us mentally and physically to navigate life’s challenges.

Now, you might associate resilience-building with intense workouts at the gym, but it’s much more than that. Engaging in any physical activity, whether it’s hiking, yoga, dancing, or even tackling that dreaded IKEA furniture assembly (yes, it counts!), helps us push through discomfort and strengthens our resilience muscle.

But wait, you might be thinking, “I don’t want everything to be hard!” I hear you. It isn’t about making everything tough; it’s about strategically embracing challenges to boost our ability to overcome adversity.

Resilience outside of physical activity…

In fact, resilience-building extends beyond physical activities. Practices like mindfulness, seeking social support, positive self-talk, problem-solving, gratitude, goal-setting, and self-care all contribute significantly.

Drawing from my own exercise experience, I encourage everyone to embrace movement and resistance training. However, it’s crucial to find what works best for you and incorporate a variety of activities into your routine.

Research consistently shows that building resilience not only enhances mental strength but also improves overall well-being. It’s linked to greater life satisfaction, lower rates of depression, and even longevity.

Ready to flex your invisible muscle?

Here’s a quick list of practices to get you started:

1. Reflect on how you handle tough times.

2. Establish achievable goals for yourself.

3. Practice mindfulness to reduce stress.

4. Lean on friends and family for support.

5. Boost yourself up with positive self-talk.

6. Exercise regularly to boost mood and resilience.

7. See challenges as opportunities for growth.

8. Prioritise sleep, healthy eating, and exercise.

9. Don’t hesitate to seek help when needed.

10. Stay flexible and adapt to life’s twists.

11. Celebrate your victories, big and small.

Whether it’s hitting the gym, practicing mindfulness, or setting achievable goals, every effort contributes to strengthening our invisible muscle of resilience. Let’s embark on this journey together!

If you need some support on your resilience journey, book in a session with our clinical psychologist Suzi Petrozzi or learn more about Suzi here