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Where Does Resilience Come From?

Resilience is the ability to fight back against adverse circumstances. It helps us overcome challenges and not let failures derail goals for the future. Building resilience takes time. People are not naturally born resilient, they develop it from adversity, positive thinking, and growing through the challenges of life. Learn more about building resilience and how to use it to grow in recovery. 

Growing Resiliency Bones

The ability to bounce back when things don’t work out is learned and earned. People who acknowledge a situation, learn from mistakes, and move forward are often able to build resiliency bones that are stronger as they age. People in recovery from addiction need to start developing this when they give up substances as they grow healthier. It takes time to learn how it works. These three things help:

  • Difficult is seen as a challenge, not a failure or reason to personally shame themselves. This does not negatively reflect on their self-worth
  • Resilient people commit to their lives and goals, friendships, and recovery to keep moving forward
  • Assert control over situations they can control and make maximum effort to feel empowered and confident 

Overall, resilient people are not going to feel sorry for themselves or expect more negative things to happen to them. They maintain a positive outlook and a brighter vision for the days ahead. They have solid goals and a desire to achieve those goals. Resilient people are empathetic and compassionate without worrying about what people think.

Resiliency Tips

For people who are struggling with resilience in their lives, there are some basic things they can do every day that helps build a solid foundation. To work from a place of resilience each day means to guard oneself against the world in some ways and not take personally all that happens. To do that, a person must be healthy and in good shape. Here are some resiliency tips:

  • Get enough sleep and exercise
  • Practice stress management
  • Increase thought awareness to avoid negative thoughts when possible
  • Practice cognitive restructuring to look different at events that occur in a new light
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Choose a better response than acting overly emotional, shutting down, or negative behavioral patterns
  • Release self-judgment and blame 

Strong connections and relationships also matter. When people are stronger in relationships, they are able to combat things that happen in life. When they become isolated, they are less able to navigate challenges with a buffer and support for the journey. 

The Guest House Ocala teaches people how to be resilient in recovery. We know it is not easy being in recovery from addiction so we help you build a toolbox to take with you on the journey. If you are struggling, let us help you create resiliency. Call us to find out how to get started: 1-855-483-7800