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Resilience

resilienceResilience is our ability to rebound and regain our original form. It is the capacity to thrive and fulfill our potential in spite of adversity or difficult circumstances. Resilience is the psychological strength to deal with stress, setbacks, crises and an array of hardships that confront us in life.

When life situations get out of kilter, resilience is the one quality and skill we need most to get us through the difficult times. To be resilient means we are able to remain stable and function in the face of disruption and chaos. It means we can continue with everyday tasks, remain balanced, and bounce back quickly from hard times.

Resilience can be described as an emotional muscle which we all posses to some degree. With determination and practice we can develop and strengthen it even further. Being aware of why we need it and how important it is can encourage us to work on increasing it.

Resilience can be described as an emotional muscle which we all posses to some degree. With determination and practice we can develop and strengthen it even further. Being aware of why we need it and how important it is can encourage us to work on increasing it.

Examples of adversity that require resilience:

  • being diagnosed with a serious illness

  • losing your job

  • losing a loved one

  • recovering from a failed relationship

  • dealing with a catastrophic event

  • dealing with difficult people

Ways to Build Resilience:

Maintain balance in your life

Cultivate a positive outlook

Learn to be more flexible

Nurture yourself; take care of your physical and mental health

Learn from your mistakes

Understand over which things you have, or do not have, control

 Improve your problem-solving skills

Develop a sense of humor

Draw upon friends and loved ones for support and encouragement

We all have varying degrees of resilience, however, fortunately it is a skill that can always be worked on and improved.

When we are resilient we tend to be more optimistic, confident, proactive and in control of our lives.

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