incredible-marketing Arrow

Mental Health Month: What is Psychological Resiliency?

There are so many risks and major decisions that come with running a successful business, and even managing life alongside these endeavors can prove to be a major challenge. The obstacles we come across can certainly “make” or “break us” – and it’s all determined by how you choose to perceive the major challenges you face. Even as a business leader, you have many eyes on you – and you want to not only portray solidarity and confidence in your decisions, but you want to truly feel that way, no matter what happens in your life. Psychological resiliency is something that you can build over time, making you wiser, stronger, and a more adaptable leader.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines psychological resiliency as, “The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems the workplace and financial stressors.”

By building your psychological resiliency, you can “bounce back” quicker from distressing events. In doing this, you save yourself time, mental and physical energy, and even from making hasty decisions based on emotion. There are a number of traits that you can begin practicing building your psychological resiliency:

  1. Surround yourself with people who love and support you, no matter what.
  2. Understanding the boundary between who you are as a person and the current situation that is temporarily occurring.
  3. Learn to recognize what you need, what you don’t need, and what you’re doing that is beneficial (or not) to your own health, happiness, and holistic wellbeing.
  4. Grasp the reality that pain comes with life and learn to come to terms with any pain that you experience rather than reject it or ignore it.
  5. Get in the habit of practicing mindfulness, which really grounds you to the present moment. Whenever you take a break, try simply sitting with the moment. Don’t watch TV, or call anyone, or drink an alcoholic beverage – simply be still.

Psychological resiliency takes much work and dedication, but it makes you stronger in the end. You’ll find that you’re much more able to handle difficult employees or work situations, and you can let those stressors go and continue to enjoy your day rather than carry them on the weight of your shoulders.

If you or someone you know has struggled immensely with trauma, help is available. Call The Guest House Ocala today for information on our residential treatment programs for trauma, addiction, and related mental health issues. 1-855-483-7800