re·sil·ience noun \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\ : the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
This is a skill I've tried to home in on for awhile. With CrossFit...everything bad happens...like squat clean thrusters, but you get thru it. I'd like to say that CrossFit has helped me with my mental resilience and my physical ability to bounce back quickly. But it has also aided in my stubbornness. You think you're stronger than you really are...and that shit can hurt you.
I've had to take stock in what I'm doing and really force myself to take it easy...which is hard - really hard.
Also - there's this whole poop bag thing. Something else to maintain, keep stock of, change, clean...it's a whole process. But I'm committed to the cause and knowing it's temporary helps the whole resilience part.
Will's Top 5 Ways to Boost Resiliency
- Listen to empowering music. Anyone who knows me knows that music is my life. Find music that makes you feel alive, empowered, and strong.
- Take a walk. It's as simple as it sounds. Give yourself 30 minutes and walk. As you put one foot in front of the other, visualize your life moving forward.
- Boost up others. I thrive in supporting others, helping them with their goals, and coaching them thru life. If you can offer up words of kindness, encouragement, support to others, you'll innately feel these same feelings for yourself.
- Add some positivity to your daily reading. The world can get you down just by watching the news. Diving deep into pop culture will leave you drowning in negativity. Find some love and light in your daily reading. A personal favorite is Tiny Buddha.
- Allow yourself to feel emotions. This has got to be the biggest lesson I learned. You cannot bury your emotions or bottle them up. Feel them. Embrace them. If you're sad...be sad. If you're mad...holler about it. In the end, you'll come to realize that negative feelings and emotions are a waste of your time and you will begin to see the good in all things that happen to you.