The 1in5 campaign focuses on normalizing the need for mental health resources and removing barriers for those who want to access care. Starting the conversation regarding these significant yet treatable issues also opens the door to providing support.
During Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve provided helpful information on specific topics. As May winds down, we explore resiliency. Read on to learn about improving your ability to adapt to change.
Although change is inevitable, dealing with uncertainty, transition and loss isn’t easy. Resiliency is the ability to adapt during challenging times. Resiliency is associated with longevity, lower rates of depression and greater satisfaction. Boosting resiliency helps you overcome difficult circumstances and empowers you to grow and improve your life along the way.
Like most skills, it takes practice to increase your resiliency. Some characteristics of high resiliency include the ability to learn from past experiences, maintain a positive life outlook, cultivate new skills and use humor to relieve stress.
Start by making a few small, positive changes. A few simple ways to boost your resiliency include:
- Getting enough high-quality sleep
- Engaging in self-care by reading a good book or watching a funny movie
- Practicing a short meditation each day
- Learning from past hardships
- Giving yourself grace
- Acknowledging the positives
Finally, if you need further support coping with difficulties or life changes, working with a mental health professional can help you boost your mental toughness and learn helpful tools. Your provider can work with you on boosting resiliency and improving your quality of life. Explore the SupportLinc EAP Resilience toolkit to find tip sheets, flash courses and daily inspiration to start building your resilience today.
Help is available
As always, your EAP is available 24/7/365 to provide advocacy and resources to support various mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, work-related pressures, relationship issues or substance use. Call 888-881-5462 or visit https://psh.mysupportportal.com.
Source: SupportLinc EAP; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).