by Jacquie Johnson, Founder of Jacquie ooh
Bouncing back! Rolling with it! Bending with it! The Comeback! I am sure we have all heard these phrases when facing adversity. We have all had to face some sort of trauma or significant stress in our lives. Whether it be with family and relationship problems, workplace, finances, our health, and most recently with the global pandemic, COVID-19.
Yes, I said the C-word! When COVID hit us, we didn’t know what happened. This was foreign to us, and it seemed as if there was no real end in sight, and to be perfectly honest it still seems as if there is no real end in sight. People say all the time, “I just want to go back to normal!” Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news; we will never get back to normal. This was our new normal. We had to learn to adapt.
When the pandemic first hit, we found ourselves having to be stronger and braver. We were doing things we never imagined we could do. If we’re totally honest with ourselves there were times, we just didn’t know what to do or how to do it. We had moments when we felt defeated, beaten down, exhausted, stressed, and at our breaking point. Yet somehow, we made it through. We bounced back! We found our way to the next moment to carry on and even thrive. We were and are RESILIENT!
1.1 (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
“Babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize”
Resilience means being able to adapt to life’s misfortunes and setbacks.
When you have resilience, your inner strength helps you to rebound and make a comeback from the setback or challenge. Having resilience doesn’t make all your problems go away, however, it can give you the ability to see past them, and find enjoyment in what’s going right, even when some areas are feeling rocky. When you have resilience, it helps you to handle stress better. Now, don’t get me wrong you can have resilience and still experience anger, fear, pain, and loss—you just aren’t as consumed by them. You’re able to keep your head above water and maintain.
Did you know that even If you aren’t as resilient as you’d like to be, you can develop and learn skills to become more resilient? Try these 7 steps for building resilience:
Staying connected, relationships matter…
Learning from your experiences, the good and the bad…
Cultivating forgiveness, learning how to forgive yourself and others…
Taking care of yourself, practicing self-care…
Remaining thankful, grateful, positive, and hopeful…
Finding your purpose…
And knowing when to ask for help
Like any skill, resilience takes practice. Give it time to develop and just keep at it. Timing is Everything!
Contributing Writer, Jacquie “ooh” Johnson
Jacquie Johnson is a native Texan who resides in Denton, TX with her husband and two daughters. She has two older sons who reside in California and one grandson. Jacquie is the founder of Jacquie ooh an online resource hub for women. Her goal is to help women think well and live well. She is the creator of the Glow Collection by Jacquie ooh, an organic skincare line where she provides gourmet food for your skin. She is the host of a monthly online talk show, Motivational Monday with Jacquie ooh. She is heavily involved in her community where she has been sworn in as a precinct chair for the Democrats of Denton County. She is also the new author to two books: Glow Through It 21 Day Devotional Journal for Women and Dare to Sparkle Entrepreneur Startup Guide+Dream Big 4 Day Devotional. For more information on Jacquie “ooh” Johnson please visit her website at http://www.jacquieooh.com