Webster’s dictionary defines endurance as “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity.”
When experiencing stress, the first thing to consider is what personal strengths might be most useful. Self-awareness and self-compassion are two important strengths for coping during stressful times.
Self-awareness is the ability to recognize your emotions. For example, being aware that you are getting frustrated before someone else mentions it. Self-awareness allows you to better manage your emotions and understand where they are coming from. It is about being honest with oneself in terms of personal strengths and being realistic about personal growth. It may also require consideration to what areas in your life can use improvement to turn possible liabilities into strengths.
Self-compassion requires awareness of one’s own self-judgments and some kindness with personal thinking. Do you have unrealistic standards for yourself? Do you beat yourself down when making a bad call? Give yourself the grace you would give others who were going through something similar. Be aware of personal thoughts and give yourself some room when going through a difficult moment instead of ignoring the pain or judging or criticizing yourself.
To increase self-awareness and self-compassion try these two activities:
“We must view asking for help as a normal, smart decision, not a sign of weakness.”
– General David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps
Marines, Sailors, and their families may access help directly through the Community Counseling Program. Additional resources are available at https://www.usmc-mccs.org/protect/.