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Emotional strength isn’t necessarily constant throughout life but having emotional resilience will certainly help when dealing with those challenges, disappointments and upsets which happen to each and every one of us.
What are the characteristics of an emotionally strong person?
- An emotionally strong person will see opportunities for learning when they make mistakes or encounter disappointments.
- An emotionally strong person will be adaptable and able to handle unexpected situations without seeing them as a “disaster”
- An emotionally strong person is able to assertively express their needs without apology but with sensitivity to other’s feelings.
- An emotionally strong person will focus on finding a solution to a problem, rather on the problem itself.
- An emotionally strong person can accept advice and constructive criticism without personalising it.
- An emotionally strong person will move on quickly from unwanted or negative situations rather than holding on to them.
- An emotionally strong person will take pleasure in success, both their own success and that of other people.
If you’ve read the above list and felt that you have some work to do on developing your own emotional strength then never fear. A few simple changes and lots of practice will help you with your own development.
Ways to help yourself to become emotionally stronger
- Take some time to become aware of what’s going on in your own life at the moment and write down what is helping you and what is not helping.
- Make lists of your personal strengths and your personal challenges. If you find this difficult then try doing it with a trusted friend or simply make lists of what you enjoy doing and what you don’t enjoy. Chances are that if you enjoy something then it’s a strength!
- Spend time with positive people who care about you and remove yourself from situations of negativity.
- NB if you are in a situation where you feel trapped or you are unable to escape then seek professional help and support.
- Include physical exercise as well as emotional exercise, it’s important to look after your body and your mind.
- Think back to a time when you overcame a challenge in the past. What resources helped you then and how can you use that previous experience to help you now?
- Break down any problems or issues into manageable chunks and deal with them one step at a time.
- Learn from mistakes and avoid generalising them or labelling yourself by your mistakes.
- Be aware of emotional pitfalls and develop ways to either avoid them or handle them.
- Ask for help. Admitting that you need help is a sign of strength and often the first step towards getting things sorted out.
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