Friday, September 9, 2016

Recover from adversity

When something goes wrong in your life, do you take it personally, assume it means that everything else in your life will go wrong too, and believe the effects are forever? If so, try to change how you see adversity. Things go wrong for everyone from time to time. Don't take it personally. An obstacle in one area of your life doesn't mean you'll experience one in all other areas. Your sadness and disappointment are not permanent either.

Perhaps it's time for an attitude adjustment so you can be more resilient. Building resilience takes work and practice, but it's so worth doing. It increases well-being and good mental health.

Be intentional about how you view setbacks and disappointments. Be grateful for what you do have. Get out in nature and enjoy it. Spend time with friends who are supportive and positive. For many people, attitude adjustment can be helped along by writing about your setbacks and what you've learned from them. In fact, research shows that when people think about the good things that came out of bad experiences, they report less distress, fewer disruptive thoughts, less negativity and greater meaning in their lives. Perhaps you have your own favorite, tried-and-true ways to combat negativity and stay resilient. Keep them handy and use as needed!

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