Steps to Build Resilience

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as: “The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences.”

 

Make connections

Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience.

nothing is insurmountable

You can't change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Look beyond the present to how future circumstances may get better.

Take decisive actions

Seek knowledge and act on adverse situations as much as you can. Take decisive actions, rather than detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away.

 

Nurture a positive self image

Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.

Keep things in perspective

Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.

maintain a hopeful outlook

An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life, even if things seem challenging now.

 

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