Your job – Fewer people doing the same amount of work. Late hours, demanding bosses. Disharmony among co-workers.
Your family – Trying to make a marriage work. Making ends meet. Troubled teenagers. Caring for young children and aging parents. Challenges of dual careers.
Your physical health – Headaches. Getting sick from being stressed out. Recovering from a life-threatening illness. Learning how to live with a chronic disease.
Psychological studies show that your mind and your body are strongly linked. As your mental health declines, your physical health can worsen. And if your physical health declines, you can feel mentally “down.” A positive outlook can help keep you healthy.
You can improve the quality of your everyday life by building resilience, which will help you adapt to stress and bounce back from life’s most difficult times. Resilience isn’t something you’re born with — it’s something you can learn over time. Resilient people have strong emotional well-being, healthy relationships and an optimistic outlook. Optimism and good relationships have been shown to improve health and longevity.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you about the state of your mind. If you’re getting tension headaches, for example, your body may be telling you that you need help dealing with whatever’s on your mind.
A psychologist can help you meet the challenges and stress you face every day by working with you to create strategies that build resilience. Talking to a psychologist can help you deal with difficult thoughts and feelings that can affect your day-to-day functioning.
Psychological well-being and learning resilience go hand-in-hand and provide:
Published by the American Psychological Association