What is Spiritual Resilience and how can you develop it?

Spiritual resilience is the ability to sustain a person’s sense of self and purpose through their own beliefs, principles, values and morals. 

The concept of spiritual resilience has to do more with a belief in a higher purpose, hope and faith for the future and gratitude for our lives rather than being religious or being part of a religious group.

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1. Values & beliefs

Principles and assumptions that enable us to make sense of ourselves and the world – what is important to us and the ideas that we hold to be true. Without these we couldn’t live, make decisions and take actions. 

Foster them through education, culture, faith-based practices, new experiences or social connections. Live and breath the society and the social groups you are part of – i.e. family, friends, workplace. 

2. Purpose & meaning

Fuel to live our lives to the fullest and not merely exist. Having a purpose and meaning in life contributes to increased hope and courage to overcome even the hardest of the challenges.

Set short-term and long-term goals and pursue your dreams and passions. Set your priorities. Engage in activities, work and relationships that bring you joy, happiness and a sense of fulfilment. 

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3. Altruism & empathy

Care for someone else’s wellbeing and happiness and imagining ourselves in their situation. Practicing altruism and empathy contributes to our own happiness, impacting positively our sense of self-worth/self-esteem and emotional health.

HOW? Show compassion and interest for other people’s lives, dreams, goals and challenges. Listen, support and encourage others. Be warm, kind, positive and non-judgmental. Be grateful.

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