Make some lifestyle changes

Try the below lifestyle changes to handle resilience :

  • Practise being straightforward and assertive when communicating with others. If people are making unreasonable or unrealistic demands on you, its ok to be able to say no, and explain how your feeling.
  • Use relaxation techniques. You may already know what helps you relax, like having a bath, listening to music or taking your dog for a walk. Some people find sports activities relaxing, if you know that a certain activity helps you feel more relaxed, try and set aside time to do it.
  • Develop your interests and hobbies. Finding an activity that’s completely different from the things causing you stress is a great way to get away from everyday pressures. If stress is making you feel lonely or isolated, shared hobbies can also be a good way to meet new people.
  • Make time for your friends. When we are busy with work and home pressures this may be tricky to make time for friends, but it can help you feel more positive and less isolated. Chatting to friends about the things you find difficult can help you keep things in perspective – and you can do the same for them. Laughing and smiling releases hormones that help you to relax.
  • Find balance in your life. If you find that one part of your life, such as your job or taking care of young children, is taking up almost all your time and energy. Try deciding to focus some of your energy on other parts of your life, like family, friends or hobbies. It’s not easy, but this can help spread the weight of pressures in your life and make everything feel lighter.
  • Having good physical health can also help your resilience if you’re feeling fit and well you have more energy to cope with any emotional pressure, eat well and stay active, look at our physical health section for tips and advice.

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