Resilience is about being able to balance difficulty with opportunity and taking helpful actions. Resilience can be developed and enhanced throughout life. To be resilient means having the ability to cope with a difficult or stressful time.
What is resilience?
Resilience is defined as our ability to recover quickly from day to day difficulties. Resilience allows a person to cope with challenging circumstances and rebound from adversity a stronger and more resourceful person.
Resilience is an ongoing process
While some people may appear to have a greater tendency to resilience than others, it is important to understand that resilience is an ongoing process in life, rather than something you have or don’t have.
- Maintain a positive and hopeful outlook. Try to visualise what you want and expect that good things will happen in your life, rather than worrying about what you fear
- Stay connected and maintain good relationships with close family and friends. Ask for, and accept help from support networks when you need it
- Look at how you interpret and respond to stressful events. Try to become more aware of your mood and identify techniques that will calm and soothe you in stressful situations
- Nurture a positive view of yourself. Recognise your strengths, trust your instincts and try to develop confidence in your ability to solve problems. Remind yourself of those times you have successfully worked through problems and stressful situations in the past
- Try to accept the things you cannot change, this will help you to focus on the things that you can change and work towards changing
- Take the time to consider a problem and try to work through it as best as you can. Try to take decisive actions. Develop realistic and achievable goals and take steps to move towards them
- Try to keep a long-term perspective, consider the stressful event in a broader context and look beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better