A psychologist can help you meet the challenges and stress you face every day by working with you to create strategies that build resilience. Psychological studies show that your mind and body are strongly linked. As your mental health declines, your physical health can worsen. And if your physical health declines, you can feel mentally "down." A positive outlook can help keep you healthy.
You can improve the quality of your everyday life by building resilience, which can help you adapt to stress and bounce back from life's most difficult times. Resilience isn't something you're born with- it's something you can learn over time. Resilient people have strong emotional well-being, healthy relationships, and an optimistic outlook. Optimism and good relationships have been shown to improve health and longevity.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you about the state of your mind. If you're getting tension headaches, for example, your body may be telling you that you need help dealing with whatever's on your mind.
Psychological well-being and learning resilience go hand-in-hand and provide:
The capacity to make realistic plans to deal with stressors in your life and carry them out
A positive view of yourself and confidence in your strength and ability to confront life's challenges
Skills in communication and problem solving
The capacity to manage strong feelings, negative thinking and unhealthy behaviors that may arise when you're under stress
Ways to avoid illness brought on by stress and anxiety
Information provided by the American Psychological Association
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