#adulting: Building Resilience
The topic of building emotional resilience has been gaining awareness in recent years. Perhaps the older generation may dismiss this as weakness or an unnecessary skill since they coped just fine without it. However even though this generation has been privileged not to have to go through wars or the challenges of the past, technological advancement is a double edged sword. We are more connected than ever, sharing more information about ourselves faster than we can filter it. The rate of change far surpasses what we can control and that can be daunting.
This is why learning how to safeguard our mental health is important. We cannot control everything, but we can control how we cope with what life throws at us. It’s not that our grandparents or parents did not have emotions or uncertainties that they struggled through. They too built coping skills through trial and error, some healthier than others. As a youth, even without gaining awareness on this topic, you will eventually find a way to cope with life. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can change and be in a position to deal with it proactively instead of reactively.
The next generation can evolve with the lessons past generations have learnt and improve on them. These resilience building strategies can be adopted so that we are future ready and able to handle ourselves psychologically in life. Suicide and mental abuse can be prevented. If we can exercise to keep our outer beings physically fit, we can also do emotional resilience exercises to build our psychological wellness and grow into healthier adults inside.
There are many components of resilience to explore – physical, socio-emotional, financial and community etc. In this infographic, we focused on emotional resilience. Financial resilience has been previously covered in our financial series and can be found here. If you found these helpful, let us know! That will help us determine if a series on resilience is necessary.
The next generation can be empowered – always.