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Building Resilience

Resilience can be defined as the ability to bounce back from adversity, adapt to change, and maintain a positive mindset. In today's fast-paced and unpredictable world, resilience has become more important than ever before.

Improving resilience is not only essential for overcoming obstacles but also for promoting mental health recovery. When individuals possess strong resilience skills, they are better equipped to manage stress, adapt to change, and maintain a positive outlook even in the face of adversity. It enables them to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth rather than viewing them as insurmountable hurdles.

It is not about avoiding difficulties but rather about developing the inner strength to overcome them. There are various causes that can impact our resilience levels, such as traumatic events, chronic stress, or a lack of support systems. However, it is important to remember that resilience is not something we are born with; it can be developed and strengthened over time.

Interventions aimed at building resilience include cultivating a growth mindset, practicing self-care and mindfulness techniques, seeking social support, and developing problem-solving skills.

In conclusion, developing resilience is an ongoing process that requires dedication and self-reflection. By understanding its definition, recognizing its causes, implementing effective interventions, and collectively working towards a more resilient future – we can build stronger individuals and communities capable of thriving in the face of challenges.

To promote mental well-being, Alika Health Initiative, through a range of activities and programs empowers individuals to better cope with stressors and setbacks while maintaining a sense of optimism. We foster strong social connections through peer support groups, and peer counseling trainings to ensure peers are equipped with skills to support themselves. Through therapy sessions, we create self-awareness which is critical in navigating through adverse challenges and setbacks.

You can visit us to learn from the pool of specialist Psychologists and Psychiatrists. For more information on mental health, kindly visit our offices at Kabachia II near Jamhuri Primary, or call our number +254769415115.

By James Odhiambo

MEL Officer, Alika Health

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