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Bouncing Back: Tips on building resilience
Being resilient can help reduce stress and anxiety and can help contribute to quality of life.
The reality of life with relapsing multiple sclerosis is, at some point, you’re probably going to face some challenges. And while those challenges may be beyond your control, how you choose to cope with them is entirely up to you.
Resilience describes how a person deals with difficulties and moves on after setbacks. Your resilience is what allows you to adapt to adversity in a positive way.2
Being resilient can reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and depression.1 Having a strong sense of resilience can also contribute to feeling positive.1 It’s also a skill that can be learned and built up over time.2 If you’re interested in building up your resilience, here are few steps you can take to get you started…
Hone your problem-solving skills
When facing a problem, you may feel the urge to ignore it or give up if a solution isn’t obvious. Resilience means making a real effort to address problems when they arise. It doesn’t mean you have to solve it right away, or all by yourself, but it does mean you’re committed to trying to find a solution.
For example, if you’re supposed to host diner for friends, but are dealing with fatigue, it’s a problem. Being willing to call your guests and suggest an alternative, like grabbing takeout or rescheduling, means you’re meeting the issue head on.
Build your social support networks
Having a strong support network is strongly linked to resilience.2 Having people you can lean on makes you feel supported, and can keep you involved, connected, and active—all important qualities that help keep you resilient.
If you’re looking to expand your social networks beyond family and friends, civic, religious, community, and other like-minded local groups are a good place to start.3
Set and pursue goals
Having a goal to work toward can enrich life and give it purpose. Your goals can be big (“I’m going to run for local office”) or small (“I’m going to take up gardening.”) What’s important is you have a goal to reach, and then you do something regularly that moves you closer to success while giving you a feeling of accomplishment.
Figure out what helps you process emotion
When setbacks happen, it’s normal to be upset. You might be angry, frustrated or sad, and that’s okay. Being resilient means not letting those emotions get the best of you for too long. When it comes to pushing through for positive outcomes, you are your own best advocate—but you don’t have to go it alone. For example, being a part of Common Threads is a great way to feel connected to shared experiences. Hearing tips and stories from others who understand what you’re experiencing may help you regain perspective or process how you’re feeling.
Take control of what you can
Life is full of uncertainty. Living with MS adds another layer of unpredictability to the mix. And while there are things in life that happen beyond your control, there’s plenty of ways you can take charge. Financial planning and goal setting can help you map out your future. Building a strong healthcare team and committing to health and wellness activities like eating well and exercising is a proactive approach to managing your overall health. Establishing a solid medication routine can help you feel in the drivers’ seat when it comes to your therapy.