Learning how to cope with stressors related to military service is what resilience is all about. Dr. Mansfield, can you give us some tips on building resilience?
Of course, Dr. Patel. Integrating resilience skills into daily life and practicing them routinely will make it easier to draw on them when stressful events and situations do occur.
Resilience skills include:
- "Counting blessings" to cultivate gratitude, build optimism, and increase positive thinking
- Paying attention to "ABC," which stands for Activating event, Brain, and Consequences, to build awareness of how your beliefs and thoughts drive reactions to an event
- "Check your playbook" to remind yourself of alternative, adaptive responses to stressors
- "Balance your thinking" to help you perceive situations accurately and take action based on the evidence
- "Accomplishing goals" to gain a sense of purpose and feeling of control
- "Capitalizing on your strengths" to identify your strengths, spot strengths in others, and find opportunities to use your strengths
- "Mindfulness" to acknowledge and cope with negative aspects of events that you can't control and disengage from negative thoughts that interfere with performance, values, or goals
- "Meaning-making" to help shed light on difficult situations and find ways to grow and benefit from adversity
- "Spiritual resilience" to strengthen the beliefs, principles, or values that sustain your sense of well-being and purpose
- "Physical resilience" to understand how the link between physical and mental fitness improves performance, leadership, and overall health
- "Interpersonal problem solving" to address problems in a manner that still shows respect for the relationship
- "Good listening" to make someone feel safe in speaking to you as a confidante, and
- "Active constructive responding" to build, strengthen, and maintain important relationships