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Getting Through Tough Times by Building Mental Resilience

Health crises, natural disasters, emotional trauma and, yes, a global pandemic — it takes mental resilience to rebound from this kind of upheaval.

Mental health therapist Rachel Noble, Washington D.C.-based therapist, says resilience means having the mental flexibility to respond and adapt to adversity.

It’s both something you develop throughout your lifetime and a skill you can learn. With resilience, says Noble, “you don’t stay stuck. You don’t get in these ruminating thoughts, in these negative loops.” Resilience is such an important part of life because it helps us be that person we want to be, she adds.

Many older adults, who have lived through difficult times, have built up mental resilience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, surveys found that those ages 65 and older reported less anxiety and depression than those ages 18 to 24.

Still, learning ways to change your attitude and thought patterns may help you become more resilient. That doesn’t mean you won’t or shouldn’t experience grief or sadness. It means you have the skills and mindset to keep yourself from overthinking your situation or feeling stuck in the past. Enhancing your resilience allows you to adapt and move forward, feeling more focused and hopeful.

 

Tempe News:

FA LA LA … Fun at Tempe Marketplace

When: Wednesday, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. – 8: 00 p.m.

Where: Tempe Marketplace 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

What: Holiday Tree Lighting and First Snowfall - Get in the spirit of the holiday season with a professional ice-skating performance, followed by the official lighting of our 60-foot holiday tree and the first magical snowfall of the season.