What is Resilience?


Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. Resilient people aren’t broken when they face a challenging situation. They bounce back from it. It is important to know that resilience can be developed! It is a process and everyone can develop it.




Myths & Facts about Resilience (University of Pennsylvania)

Resilient people never show emotion.Resilient people learn to regulate emotion.
It's about me, me, me.Resilience is about individuals and relationships.
I must handle everything by myself.Asking for help is a resilient strategy.
I must always act quickly.Resilient people know when to slow down.
It's about superhuman feats bouncing back.Resilience is about bouncing back.
I always have to be fully composed.Resilience doesn't always look pretty.
You either have it or you don't.Everyone can develop it.
Resilience is a destination.Resilience is a process.

How to Become More Resilient (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Increase self-awareness
    • identify your thoughts, feelings, behaviors
    • Identify thinking and behavior patterns that are counterproductive to your goals
  • Increase self-regulation
    • Regulate your impulses, emotions, and behaviors to achieve your goals
    • Express your emotions appropriately
  • Become more optimistic
    • Be realistic
    • Hunt for the “good stuff”
    • Figure out what is controllable
    • Stay hopeful
    • Be confident
  • Become more mentally agile
    • Think flexibly
    • take other perspectives
    • Identify and understand problems
    • Be willing to try new strategies
  • Increase your strengths of character
    • Recognize your top strengths and figure out how to use them to overcome challenges and meet goals
    • Have faith in your strengths, talents, and abilities
  • Increase connections
    • Build and maintain strong relationships
    • Practice positive and effective communication
    • Be empathetic
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
    • Support others

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