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Finding (and Keeping) the Silver Linings

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Finding (and Keeping) the Silver Linings

May 26, 2020 « Back to The Skinny

Over the past several months, a lot has happened. And instead of a concrete resolution to the challenges we’ve experienced, much of what will happen over the course of the foreseeable future is still rather unforeseeable.

We’re moving forward, but with disclaimers like “to be determined” and “we’ll just have to see how everything goes” around nearly every aspect of our lives. Basically, we don’t know when—or if—we’re going to be able to get back to what our world was like before social distancing.

That can be frustrating, especially because it feels like we’ve missed out on so much already. And truly, we have. But it’s not all bad. In fact, even though it might not seem like it, there is some good that’s come out of this whole situation, too. We just need to look a little closer to find it.

Why It's Important to Find the Good in the Bad

Trying to find the good, especially when it seems like there isn’t any, is a skill that helps us build something called resilience. The more resilient we are, the better we are able to cope with life’s stressors—big and small.

Research shows that being resilient can help us prevent and better navigate mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. It can even help us be more productive at work! Basically, the more resilient we are, the more adaptable we are, and the easier it is to handle hard things.

We’ve shared some ways you can build resilience before. But right now, we want to get specific and focus on how you can find the good in the not-so-good and use it to help you be more resilient when life doesn’t quite go your way.

Taking What You've Learned With You

Regardless of what happens next, we can reflect on what we’ve learned and find ways to hold onto the good that’s come out of the bad. Try this exercise. All you’ll need is a quiet space, an open mind, a piece of paper or journal, and something to write with.