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Common signs of low resilience

Sep 12, 2023

We're not always aware when our resilience is low and it may take someone else to point it out or we go a long time of not coping too well before we realize something needs to change.

Here are a few of the common signs to look out for when our resilience might need a bit of a boost!

  • An inability to regulate yourself e.g., increased irritability, tiredness, low energy, intolerance, mood swings, depression, anxiety, eating and appetite problems, low self-esteem.

  • Trouble getting or staying asleep, nightmares, flashbacks, nocturnal enuresis, light and un-refreshed sleep, waking up in the morning feel tired.

  • Withdrawal from social and/or intimate situations causing social isolation, loneliness, not interacting with friends or family, becoming overly dependent and reliant on certain people for support.

  • Avoiding seeking or asking for help e.g., from family, friends, colleagues, employers, or medical and psychological professionals

  • Struggles with work or study such as poor performance, low motivation, avoiding work/study, inability to concentrate or difficulty absorbing information, procrastination, lack of confidence.

  • Frequent aches and pains

  • Adopting unhealthy or inappropriate behavioural responses to stress & anxiety e.g.,  overeating, seeking out highly processed fast food, consuming more alcohol, smoking more, drug use, nail-biting, thumb sucking, etc.

At these times it's good to take stock of ourselves and wonder what might be happening to trigger these new or more severe changes. Keeping a diary or a journal of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours might bring some insight into this too.


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