Resilience is our ability to manage and recover from stressful and challenging life experiences. Resilient individuals bounce back from life’s challenges and see challenges as opportunities for growth rather than a setback. Being resilient promotes our social and emotional well-being and positively impacts our health and ability to learn. Research has highlighted resilience to be associated with higher levels of social skills, problem-solving skills, self-efficacy, and a sense of optimism about their future.
Our childhood environment and experiences play an important role in our resilient set point, either contributing to protective or risk factors. A resilient individual works to increase protective factors and find support to decrease risk factors. Protective factors include developed emotional regulation, nurturing parents, strong social connections, and safe neighbourhoods.
We all have the ability to increase our resilience!
Activities to support your resilience:
- Learn about Growth vs. Fixed Mindset
- Find a peer mentor to check in with
- Engage in activities that provide a sense of meaning and purpose
- Understand your strengths
- Discover activities that help combat stress
- Practice self-compassion