What is resilience and why is it important?
It is our ability to cope with challenges, changes, difficulties, stresses and things that stretch us mentally, emotionally and physically.
Resilience is our abilty to cope with the ups and downs of life, it is the capacity to adapt and have a flexible mindset to overcome adversity, failure, difficulties and any other challenge life throws at you.
Resilience is needed as each one of us will face a challenge at some point in our life from an argument with a sibling, friend, colleague or that person who took your place in the queue to greater challenges of loss, bereavement, failure and other such things. When we have good resilience we are able to bounce back, it does not mean that we are invincible, but we are able to stand again to face another day.
Resilience is not finite, it is much like a muscle that we can grow, we can develop. It is not a skill that we are given a certain amount of but a skill that we can flex, exercise and build daily.
While part of resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, the term ‘bouncing back’ can suggest a quick, rapid, effortless and easy return from the difficulties faced. However, this is often not the case and often suffering and struggle are experienced in forging resilience. It is important to understand the process which happens, the circumstances and the growth which can come as a consequence of the process.
"The future depends on what you do today." ― Mahatma Gandhi
Putting into practice key actions enable you to build your resilience and equip those around you to do the same.
Gratitude Journal: use this template to capture 3 things each day that make you grateful. Gratitude is a key aspect that not only builds resilience but improves
What brings me joy: Being aware of what helps you, what gives you joy, what refreshes you is extremely important to equip you in times of stress. Writing it down helps to commit to memory, like an athlete preparing for a race, you are ready to use it when it’s needed.