How to be Resilient with the Second Wave of COVID-19?

We’re not going to say “this too will pass” because we understand that it’s not an easy situation to deal with again. But we are here for you. This article will help you with the much-needed mental health essentials that will help you face quarantine at home once again. Keep scrolling to find out more.

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Understanding Resilience

Resilience is the ability to face adverse life challenges, being a resilient person doesn’t mean they don’t experience stress, but it’s how quickly they engage in mental strengthening, working through emotional pain, suffering and turmoil. You can’t equate resilience with a springboard – when one moment you’re down and the next you’re up, it’s a process that allows you to hike a mountain without a trail map. It takes time, strength and guidance from the people around you. You will experience minor setbacks, but eventually you will reach the top and see how far you have come.

Why is Resilience important?

Why is Resilience important?

This is the main factor that promotes the ability to cope in times of crisis and trauma. It’s the only factor that helps you utilize your skills to overcome challenges and overcome setbacks. People who lack resilience tend to feel very overwhelmed by simple challenges and may also mask their disabilities by unhealthy coping mechanisms such as avoidance, isolation, and more harmful self-medication and diagnosis. Many studies have shown that people who suffer from chronic psychological distress have lower levels of stress.

Resilience Factors

Resilience Factors

According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is supported by these five important factors

  1. Gratitude: people who feel gratitude on a daily basis tend to see challenges as opportunities and face overcoming obstacles in the most organic way.
  2. Compassion: It’s inevitable to have your fair share of difficulties, but it’s also crucial to be compassionate and kind to yourself, and these measures improve your resilience, making you less anxious.
  3. Acceptance: this is something most of us struggle with. Every time we face a challenge, we enter the cycle of denial and try to blame everything but you, this is counterproductive to acceptance.
  4. Meaning: Resilient people always find personal meaning in every challenge they face. Finding meaning accelerates motivation and keeps you motivated to find hope at the end of the tunnel.
  5. Pardon: It is critical to forgive yourself and others during the course of difficult times, this not only allows you to move forward but also helps you retain unnecessary baggage that can be detrimental to your progress.

types of resilience

types of resilience

#1 Physical Resilience

This is in line with having the physical strength and stamina to face any obstacles that require physical immunity. Especially in times of a pandemic, it’s important to take care of your physical health as a top priority.

#2 Mental Resilience

Having the mental bandwidth to face any major life crisis and having the ability to channel emotions rationally.

#3 Emotional Resilience

Emotional resilience is linked to emotional intelligence, emotional awareness, perseverance, acceptance and optimism. Emotionally resilient people tend to accept adversity with flexibility and the attitude that – times are hard but they will get better. Emotional resilience allows people to find positive things when circumstances seem bleak.

#4 Social Resilience

Social resilience stems from connecting with others socially. It can include talking to a friend, working as a team, networking, or getting involved with your community. Social resilience is built on trust, diversity, tolerance and respect.

How are resilience and mental health connected?

How resilience and mental health are connected

A study by the Springer Journal assessed the importance of resilience and its impact on the mental health spectrum. The results showed that Resilience is directly proportional to a significant increase in emotional well-being. Several empirical studies have also shown that when an individual scores high on resilience, they are less likely to experience depression, anxiety, and stress.

Some essential tools to improve resilience during the Second Wave of COVID-19
  • Flight or Fight: In this riddle always look to face your fear with a straight head, this will mitigate residual anxiety pains and help you face the challenge with a well-equipped mental armor
  • Have a moral compass: People with strong resilience have a very concrete sense of right and wrong. They also exude a strong sense of ethics in all facets of life.
  • be optimistic: Seeing the good in every bad situation is a niche skill to have. Highly resilient people try to stay focused and positive in any challenging situation. In a time of pandemic and with cases rising every day, it is extremely important to monitor screen time.
  • Find your inside: With everything that’s going on right now, it’s hard to find ourselves and enjoy that inner peace. So take some time, even if it’s for five minutes a day. Practice some deep breathing to keep your anxiety under control.
  • Resilient models: This doesn’t have to be a superhero or a celebrity, looking for role models around you can help you equip yourself with the right set of skills to face any crisis.
  • Get cognitive flexibility: Resilient people use many ways to deal with stressful situations rather than sticking to just one. For example: if there is a fear of contracting coronavirus, resilient people first internalize the thought and see the possible traces and further treatment.
  • Physical exercise: The exercise helps you channel your challenges and keep covid-related anxiety at an optimal level. With the quarantine at home, try to find a corner where you can start simple workouts for at least twenty minutes a day.
  • Find a “meaning” for what you do: In times of crisis, it’s important to stay positive. Take regular breaks from work and spend quality time with your family. Check your mental health from time to time and seek professional help if you become too overwhelmed.

Conclusion

Nobody is born resilient, we have to make conscious efforts daily to get there. It’s really hard to put on the armor one more time to try to be strong when we know the second wave is much more adamant. But let’s keep in mind that we are together and what we can do is try to remain resilient for ourselves and our family. We are just a click away to help you deal with these disturbing and difficult times.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q. Can I take an assessment to see if I am resilient?

A. Yes, we have a wide range of evaluation pools, you can always contact us to find out more.

Q. I don’t feel so good with the second wave and everything is making me anxious?

A. We can fully understand how you feel, the first thing you can try to do is restrict your media consumption and immediately contact our counselors for immediate psychological first aid.

Q. I have a fear related to death from COVID-19. What should I do?

A. This is a common trait of panic since the beginning of COVID-19. This can be well addressed in one-person sessions. Contact us to find out more.

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