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Strengthening resilience: 15 questions that help us to survive crises better

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How well we get through crises essentially depends on our resilience, i.e. our mental resistance. A trait that luckily can be learned. For example with targeted self-reflection.

crises. Crises everywhere. The feeling of being in the middle of a crisis is currently occupying many people. And with good reason, because inflation, war, climate and energy crises are just a few examples of the many challenges of our time. And those are just the social aspects. Often there are also the private and professional worries and hurdles of each individual. Yes, we don’t have it easy.

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But how do you deal with yourself in a difficult time? The key to dealing with crises in a healthy way is resilience. Our psychological resilience has a major impact on whether we despair or grow in times of crisis. Resilience is based on a total of seven pillars: optimism, acceptance, solution orientation, responsibility, network orientation and future planning.

In every difficult phase of our lives, we have the choice to let every single pillar of it grow – or to bury our heads in the sand and wait for the storm to sweep over us. But the good thing about resilience is that with every crisis we survive, we are better prepared for the next one. And because life doesn’t go in a straight line, the next crisis, big or small, will almost certainly knock on the door at some point.

If the time comes again, many people initially feel helpless and overwhelmed. Targeted self-reflection helps to remind oneself of one’s resilience and to master the crisis better. The following 15 questions can be a starting point when looking for a good way to deal with crises.

Resilience: 15 questions to get through crises better

  1. Which crises have I already survived in my life?
  2. Which qualities helped me to master the crises?
  3. What have I learned from the crises of my life?
  4. What is the worst that can happen to me in this situation?
  5. How realistic is this scenario?
  6. Which people can I always rely on?
  7. How can friends and family support me in the crisis?
  8. What and who in my life am I grateful for? And why?
  9. What do I really need right now to survive the crisis?
  10. How much can I actively change in my current situation?
  11. What is stopping me from finally solving the problem?
  12. What are my feelings about the crisis?
  13. What are my feelings trying to tell me?
  14. What still encourages me now?
  15. What am I particularly looking forward to in the near future?

By the way: If you don’t have an answer to the questions right away, that’s absolutely no problem. Some questions need time to work. It is important to take the time to really find answers that will help you.

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Source: Stern

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