The Easter holiday is here, full of bunnies, chocolate, and Easter egg hunts. Of course, Easter is about much more than bunnies and eggs, and whatever your beliefs and traditions may be, it’s a wonderful time of year to remind ourselves about starting anew, standing-up to oppression, and overcoming trials and tribulations.

In our day to day life, whether it is our health, relationships, career, or finances, we can encounter everything from minor inconveniences to major obstacles. When these challenges arise how we deal with them reveals a lot about our ability to bounce back and persevere.

Hopefully, there may be many things going well for you currently, but consider if there are areas where you need to do some work, or where you know there might be a tough road ahead.

What can you do to stay hopeful and resolute?

To assist you on this journey, here are a few ways to bounce back from struggles and be more resilient.

Take control – Stop asking “Why me?” and start asking how you can take control of this situation. When we are faced with adversity and are feeling overwhelmed it’s important to find things we have control over. Even small accomplishments are helpful to regain this sense of personal power. During trying times remember to focus on what you do have control over.

Get social – Resilient people don’t isolate themselves from others when things get tough. Instead they connect with a support system and make difficult decisions with the help and encouragement of others. We don’t have to, and frankly shouldn’t, go through difficult times alone.

Count your blessings – Despite the many challenges you are facing in life, there are probably still many things to be thankful for. It’s all a matter of perspective and staying focused on our blessings instead of our misfortunes. Take time each day to focus on three things you are thankful for, or three positive things that happened to you that day.

Use your strengths – Figure out what your greatest strengths of character are and brainstorm ways to use these to solve problems. Whether your strengths are kindness and bravery, or spirituality and forgiveness, consider how you could you use your strengths to deal with the biggest challenge you are facing right now.

Focus on past success – No matter the state of affairs we are currently dealing with, there was a time when we were flourishing and successful at overcoming obstacles. Make a list of your past successes or moments in which you felt proud of yourself. Remind yourself about these victorious moments when challenges emerge.

No matter what your beliefs may be, having the strength to persevere and keeping a hopeful outlook is a message that can be taken away from this time of year. Remember that growing through different seasons is a part of life, and with every desolate winter is followed by a fruitful summer. Happy Easter!

 


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Wilner, J. (2012). Easter Inspiration: How to Get Back Up When You Get Knocked Down. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/positive-psychology/2012/04/easter-inspiration-how-to-get-back-up-when-you-get-knocked-down/

 

 

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