Increasing Your Resilience (Reflection Questions Included!)

Raise your hand if you are needing resiliency now more than ever. In the midst of a pandemic, an election season, the holidays, and winter approaching… this could be a season of life where your mental health feels a bit more fragile than normal.

And the truth is, you’re not alone. If we’re honest, almost every hand would be raised in response to this question. We need to build resiliency.

Jesus told us how to do this in Matthew 11:28-30 when He said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

What is your coming to Jesus looking like these days? Perhaps the greatest way you can refill your resilience bank account is coming to Jesus and letting Him give you rest, rejuvenation, insight, and hope.

This episode on The Collide Podcast walks you through doing just that, and in the episode we touch on these reflection questions that we know will be helpful to you as you process this unique time of life and how to come out on the other side stronger and more resilient. Have a listen to this episode if you are feeling like you need more capacity and resiliency, then engage with these reflection questions to go even deeper:

  1. What strikes you about this statistic? “The rates of depression are likely to be much higher, potentially 30-60% of the general population …due to chronic and ongoing social and economic disruption in people’s lives as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.”
  2. What better describes how you’re responding to the disillusionment phase- are you acting in or out? 
Acting out: increased aggression, hostility, irritability, substance abuse, risky behaviors
    Acting in: sadness, depression, isolation, withdrawal, numbness
  3. How would you describe your initial surge capacity when Covid hit compared to now?
  4. If you were to draw a glass full of energy drink,  where is your capacity to handle the current circumstances?
  5. When you think of the ambiguous loss- can you try and put words to some of it?
  6. What have you done to engage your own grief?
  7. What are some ways you can or have built your resilience bank account?
  8. What is your coming to Jesus looking like?
  9. Do you make way for God to rest you? If so, how? If not, how can you?
  10. What do you need right now so you don’t become a statistic?

Our greatest hope for you is that as you collide with Jesus and find rest in Him, you are able to draw the strength and hope you need to thrive in your own life, as well as minister to others as they walk through grief, change, and disruption to their routines. We’re all in this together, and the healthier WE are, the healthier we can help others become.

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