What Does It Mean to Be Resilient?
Ever wonder how, when faced with change, challenge, and stress, some people are able to pull
themselves together and still manage to find success? And all the while, maintaining a positive
That’s because they have cultivated resiliency – those critical coping skills that help us prepare
for, bounce back (recover) from setbacks and adapt well to change when things go poorly.
Why is resilience important?
Research shows that resilient children, youth, and adults are more optimistic, social, confident,
flexible in their thinking, and can problem solve more effectively.
How do you become more resilient?
- Focus on your individual strengths and abilities – Everyone is different and has
unique life experiences, abilities, and talents that help shape who they are; that’s a
good thing! Figure out what you do best and use your strengths and abilities to find
success and opportunities in life, they are everywhere you look!
- Discover a sense of purpose in your life –volunteer, cultivate spirituality, and
participate in activities that are meaningful to you.
- Embrace change –change is a constant part of life and people who are more
flexible can thrive and flourish through life’s ups and downs. Starting a new grade,
moving to a new city or starting a new career are all examples of change.
Understanding what change means for you and how it will impact you is important for
being able to deal with it in a positive way.
- Stay optimistic – have a sense of humor! Being able to see the “lighter” side of life
is very good for your mental health and wellbeing and can help create a positive
outlook. It’s also a good stress reliever and can help improve your mood.
- Take care of yourself – eat right, exercise, get enough sleep and find time to do the
things you enjoy. Taking care of your body, mind and spirit helps you achieve
balance; very important to maintaining overall health and well-being!
- Set your goals – brainstorm solutions to problems and put them into action. Goals
should be realistic and achievable; this will create confidence in yourself and your
abilities to achieve your goals and lead to sustainable motivation.