Resilience and Disability

V. Here are some ways to improve your resilience.

e. Develop and Follow a Plan for Building Your Resilience

to do listIn this section we would encourage you to begin to apply what you have learned about resilience, developing a plan for building and maintaining your own resilience.  We would encourage you to put this plan down in black and white.  Having such a plan can help you to lead a longer and healthier life.  As you develop and write your plan for building resilience, ask yourself the following questions.

  1. How can I strengthen and build my connection to others? A support network is critical to adapting well to difficult times. What does your support network look like?
  2. How should I change my thinking? Can I become more optimistic? More into seeing things in my life as temporary, both good and bad, rather than permanent? More into seeing things that happen as having a specific effect on certain areas of my life rather than having a pervasive effect, good or bad, on my life in general? Less into playing the blame game, blaming myself or others for adverse events while remaining accountable?
  3. How can I improve my planning and decision-making skills? Do I need to work on being more decisive?
  4. How am I taking care of myself each day? Diet? Exercise? Financial health? Getting things done today rather than putting them off to tomorrow?
  5. What can I do to feel more confident and self-assured? Self-confidence is one of the best buffers against anxiety.
  6. How can I practice flexibility on a daily basis? Flexibility, being able to try in a different way, is a key element of resilience.
  7. What are my goals for the future?
Develop SMART Goals

SMART goals are:

  • Specific: What exactly are you going to do?
  • Measurable: How will you and others know when you have reached the goal?
  • Attainable: Are you capable of reaching the goal? Do you have the ability? The resources? Time?
  • Realistic: Are you willing to commit the time, resources, etc., to reaching the goal?
  • Time-specific: Exactly when are you going to start? What is your time frame? When should the goal be reached?

Goals can push us and pull us forward, especially in bad times. You need to be persistent in trying to reach your goals, but not rigid. Ask yourself how you would change your goals if your life suddenly changed due to illness, death of a loved one, a national crisis or a natural disaster.

We have provided a version of My Plan for Building and Maintaining My Resilience available to download and print out - PDF.



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