What is resilience?

Resilience can be described as the process of adapting and recovering well from adversity, trauma, tragedy or threats.

Resilience isn’t a fixed trait. It’s not something that some people have, and others don’t. It actually requires very ordinary processes and the willingness to give them a go. It could also be described as the ability to bend instead of breaking when experiencing a period of intense pressure, or the ability to keep going and adapt when faced with challenges

What makes a person resilient?

Resilience is not just about the ability to bounce back. It’s also about how you adapt and change depending on the circumstance you are faced with.

One thing it is not, is trying to carry on regardless of how we feel – it’s not about being superhuman! Resilience is about understanding how and why we feel the way we do and developing coping mechanisms to help us deal with situations more effectively.

Everyone reacts differently to the same circumstances depending on how they view them and the meaning they attach to the circumstance or situation. We all have the power to choose our reactions and our viewpoint.

A resilient person:

  • has confidence in their own ability
  • can unblock negative assumptions by trying to challenge their own thoughts
  • can re-frame a negative thought and look for a different point of view
  • can focus on the bigger picture, not just the elements that are not going well.

Resilience quiz – from MindTools

A resilient person is self-aware. How do you react to unexpected difficulties? The quiz below will help you to understand and assess how resilient you are. It can also provide you with advice and guidance you could use to become more resilient.

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