Put simply, resilience is the ‘rubber ball’ factor, the ability to bounce back in times of adversity. It’s being able to cope with and rise to the inevitable challenges, problems and set-backs you meet in the course of your life. A lot of the time these challenges are now a daily occurrence and can be summed up as stress.1
Here we highlight the behaviours of resilient people. Try and give them a go yourself to help you feel mentally energised and stronger each day.2
See problems as short term and not long term
When you are sharing or discussing problems, break them down into a smaller ‘sub-set’ of problems and it should make it easier to tackle rather than just facing one bigger problem.
Know where to go for help
If you’re struggling, ask and talk to as many different people as you can about your problem and always try to ask for support and assistance.
Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone.
Know what you can and can’t control
If there is anything that makes you feel stressed or anxious, try breaking them down into what you can and can’t control and try to focus on the areas that are currently within your control. This will soon help you learn to accept that some things are just beyond your control.
Embrace that change is inevitable
We live in a fast-paced world and change is all around us, and we all respond to this in different ways. Some of us adapt to change really well, thriving in it and welcoming different routines. However others may find it hard to adapt to new ways of working and meeting new people is daunting.
Talking to lots of different people could help you realise you’re not alone in feeling this way, giving you a different perspective. This could also encourage suggestions on how best to adapt to the change that surrounds you.
Grow stronger through challenges
There are great times in our lives but then there are the hard times that test our personal resilience to the full. If you’re going through a tough time it’s important to talk them through with someone close to you and start to think about where you have strengths as a person.
Resilience is an important ability, and something that can be improved over time. So why not start practicing your resilience-building skills today to help yourself be more resilient and cope with life’s challenges.
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2Martin Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.
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