Fostering Resilience

The staff of mental health professionals at Appleseed Community Mental Health Center are here to help you manage the mental and emotional concerns you have. Life is constantly presenting each of us with challenges. For many, those difficulties are viewed as opportunities. For others they seem like an endless cycle of problems too big to solve. The ability to bounce back from troubles is often called being resilient. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Resilience means being able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks”. They go on to suggest that resilience can be fostered by practicing the following six behaviors.

  1. Get connected with others. This not only means developing friendships but also volunteering in your community and/or being involved with a faith community.
  2. Make each day meaningful. Setting goals for each day and planning activities that give you a sense of accomplishment t will help with this step toward resilience. 
  3. Learn from experience. Try identifying how you have coped successfully in the past. Consider writing a journal about what you have learned from past problems and how you came through. 
  4. Remain hopeful. It can be helpful to look ahead for the challenges you will face and plan how to deal with them successfully.
  5. Take care of yourself. Some of the things you can do to take care of yourself include regular exercise, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and regularly practicing relaxation. 
  6. Be proactive. Do your best to confront your problems. Plan a head and make a strategy to deal with the difficulties in front of you. ( )

At Appleseed CMHC in Ashland, Ohio we want to help you develop resilience. We have staff that specialize in individual and family counseling, psychiatry, and case management. Along with unique mental health services for adults and children we also have programs for housing, domestic violence and sexual assault.

If you have questions about how you can be more resilient please call Appleseed CMHC at 419-281-3716.


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