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Resilience - Part 2

Are you a resilient person?

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of trauma or tragedy, threats or other significant sources of stress(Southwick et al., 2014)

The concept of resilience is a complex one. In reality, resilience is more likely to exist on a continuum that may present itself in varying levels in different areas of our life.

For example, someone may be very resilient in the workplace environment but not as resilient in personal life or relationships. In other words, the idea of resilience is relative and depends upon the situation.

While the level of resilience may change depending on the different life domains, learning more about resilience can lead to greater consistency across all these areas.

This integration will help to cultivate an important shift in thinking. Researchers are starting to understand the importance of evaluating ways to enhance resilience rather than continually focusing on the negative consequences of a negative experience or stress.

Developing resilience skills can:

  • Help you face challenges and difficulties in life
  • Help you feel better and cope better.
  • Help you handle stress more positively.
  • Help you to adapt to change, and adversity
  • Help you change to a positive mindset and develop more resilience along the way.

Becoming resilient is a very personal process. Each of us reacts differently to stress and trauma. Some people bounce back quickly, while others tend to take longer.

Begin today by evaluating your stress points and look for ways to build your resiliency across different areas of your life. There is no magic formula so allow yourself space to try and adjust until you find the methods that work best for you.