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Life is an unpredictable journey filled with highs and lows, and building resilience is essential to navigate the challenges that come our way. While resilience helps us bounce back from adversity, a light-hearted perspective ensures we don’t take life too seriously. Balancing these two aspects is tricky but it can certainly support how you manage challenges you face. Here are some key strategies to support your resilience.

Cultivate Self-Compassion

Resilience for me begins with self-compassion. It’s crucial to acknowledge that we are not perfect and that setbacks are a part of life. A light-hearted approach encourages us to laugh at our own mistakes and learn from them rather than dwelling on them. Treat yourself with kindness, like you would with a friend, as beating yourself up gets you nowhere. When faced with adversity, remind yourself that it’s okay to stumble, and that doesn’t devalue your worth. 

Maintain a Growth Mindset

Believing that challenges are opportunities for personal growth and learning makes it easier to bounce back from setbacks. Approach challenges with curiosity so you can understand what’s in front of you and deep dive into the what, how and why in order to best respond. Even if you haven;t achieved your goal, you’ll always learn from experiences, which will make you stronger in the future. 

Build a Supportive Network

Resilience often thrives in the company of friends and loved ones. Lean on your support network during tough times, as talking is a great remedy. 

Embrace Mindfulness and Gratitude

Practising mindfulness and gratitude can help you balance the scales of resilience and light-heartedness. Mindfulness allows you to stay present in the moment, acknowledging your emotions and challenges without judgement. This mindfulness complements resilience by providing a solid foundation for facing adversity. Meanwhile, gratitude reminds you to appreciate the beauty in life’s simple moments, helping you not to sweat the small stuff. When life throws you lemons, make lemonade and share it with someone you love.

Find Humor in Adversity

Perhaps the most powerful way to balance resilience is to find humour in adversity. I do this often myself. While some challenges may seem insurmountable, humour has the remarkable ability to defuse tension and put things into perspective. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself or the situation, as long as it doesn’t undermine your resilience. 

Adaptability and Problem-Solving:

Learn to adapt to changing circumstances and become an effective problem solver. When faced with challenges, focus on finding practical solutions rather than dwelling on the problem itself.

Maintain Perspective and Optimism:

Keep a balanced perspective on your challenges and maintain optimism. While it’s important to acknowledge the difficulty of a situation, remind yourself that it’s not permanent. Most challenges are temporary, and with time and effort, they can be overcome. Optimism helps you maintain a positive outlook even in the face of adversity.


Balancing your mindset and composure during life’s challenges is hard. There is no easy solution, especially as we’re all different. I do believe that surrounding yourself with good people and making sure you’re always doing something you love will enable you to remain in a more positive mindset. Without positivity, you can’t move forward, so make that your priority.

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