Your Health and Being Resilient by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

There are many benefits to developing resilience and I have covered many of these in past posts. Once you have started to develop more resilience you will agree these benefits make developing resilience worthwhile. Improved health is another benefit that can provide you with the incentive to work toward becoming more resilient.

Stress is one of the primary causes of health issues today. It can to lead to high blood pressure, and can even contribute developing cancer and to heart disease. If the stress is not enough to kill you, sometimes the bad habits you pick up to relieve that stress are. Stress can lead to overeating, smoking, and alcohol abuse for many.

Resilient people have developed healthy habits and are better able to deal with stress. One of the main reasons for this is that they have a positive attitude about life’s ups and downs. They see difficult situations as only temporary. They also have a vision about their future that sustains them when there are obstacles to overcome. This means they are less likely to dwell on life’s stressors and focus more on solutions to their problems, instead.

Resilient people understand that obstacles will come, and are better prepared to deal with these as a result. They use healthier mechanisms for dealing with their stress. As an example, a resilient person is more likely to exercise to relieve stress than to smoke or drink to relieve it. Resilient people know they have to stay on top of their game, and they work hard not to succumb to habits that might slow them down. In addition, resilient people are more likely to focus on feeling good rather than focus on any little aches and pains.

Resilience can be learned. Having a passion and a strong desire to reach a goal is the driving force for those with resilience. They have the tenacity and persistence to keep going even under dire circumstances. Results show that those with resilience are not only more likely to reach their goals, but they are also more likely to get there feeling good and keeping their health.