Journaling to Improve Resilience

with Lindsey Kolb, RYT-500

Adversity and difficulties are a part of all of our lives and how those challenges are faced shape us. Resilience is a trait many of us strive to cultivate. It is defined by the American Psychological Association as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress.

Some attributes of resilience are self- awareness, keeping calm under stress, motivation, empathy, and letting go of mental and emotional patterns that no longer serve you. Reflection through journaling can help you recognize the coping skills you already possess and notice ways you can build your resilience.

To get you started, consider the following question

  1. How have you moved through tough experiences in the past?

2. How did past struggles shape you into the person you are today?

3. How can you co-exist with your difficulties and stop resisting them?

4. What have you denied yourself because of fear?

5. Where can you find support when you need it?

6. What skills do you excel in and how could those skills help you in times of distress?