7 Ways to Build Resilience

Being an IIT aspirant is tough. There is cut-throat competition, huge syllabus, classes for long hours, study pressure, practice, test series, assignments, board preparations, homework and more- all while attempting to maintain a social life and stay healthy. How do you deal with juggling all of that without getting stressed? Why some people are able to handle everything life throws at them while some of us have a harder time adjusting? One reason is your resilience.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is mainly your ability to cope with and familiarize yourself to new situations. Being resilient means you have ability to recover readily from minor and major setbacks in your everyday life—everything from study pressure to personal tragedies.

Resilient people are generally more flexible, handle stress well, able to bounce back from setbacks. They are grateful for life’s simple pleasures and have a strong faith that “everything happens for a reason.”

Why is it important?

In today’s, competitive and pressure laden world, student who respond to changes and challenges with the greatest resilience can best leverage the opportunities they always hold. If you can’t avoid your problems then your best approach is to grow your capacity to handle them.

Having resilience helps students deal with life’s transitions and uncertainty. And the best part is that even if you are not born resilient, resilience is a skill and can be learned by anybody. Here are seven things you can do to develop your own powers of resilience:

  1. Build a support system

Develop a strong relationship with your family and friends who will be there for you when everything goes wrong. Strong connections makes you more resistant to stress and happier in your life.

  1. Be flexible

You should accept that some goals you make may be unattainable. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals for you, this will help minimize your stress about not achieving the impossible.

  1. Move toward your goals

Even achieving a small goal can lessen your stress levels significantly. Find out what is that one thing you can accomplish today that moves you further in the right direction.

  1. Look for chances for self-growth

Adversity makes you stronger, teach you. Experienced ones often say that they learned something about themselves as a result of their struggle. It often leads to better relationships, a greater sense of strength, and increased sense of self-worth.

  1. Stay positive

See setbacks as temporary. Write down all of your accomplishments and recognize everything you have already achieved. Try visualizing the outcome you would like rather than the outcome you’re worried about. Now how do you get to that outcome?

  1. Keep things in perspective

When you meet with a stressful situation it’s important to take a step back and look at things with a broader perspective. Think long-term to avoid stress. Does failing one test mean I’m going to fail the course? Probably not! If not, it’s probably not worth stressing about.

  1. Take care of yourself

Before all else, your health comes first—physical, mental, and emotional. Do things you love and take time for yourself. Take a deep breath and relax. Hang out with your friends. Read for pleasure. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Do what makes you feel happy. Get enough sleep and exercise, and learn to manage stress. When you take care of your mind and body, you’re better able to cope effectively with challenges in your life.

All the best!

Team Resonance


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