What is Resilience?
Resilience is the quality of recovering quickly from failure and adversity, and not only returning to the status quo but actually using the opportunity to grow and further your personal development. Resilience is not the absence of stress or trauma. It is working through the stress+trauma. We learn to be resilient.
People who are resilient not only bounce back after a setback, they come back stronger and wiser. They look for the positive in any situation, and they excel in finding the lessons with each negative experience, so they can use it and apply it in their future plans.
Resilience training focuses on four areas, including emotional, cognitive and mental, physical, and spiritual resilience. Training in these areas can improve your resiliency, enhance your quality of life, and decrease your stress and anxiety by teaching you to view life’s inevitable challenges as opportunities.
Benefits of Resilience Training
- The ability to reduce negative emotions faster following an event
- Find purpose in life
- A decrease negative thoughts
- An increase in overall quality of life
- The ability to manage your chronic conditions better
People with low resilience tend to focus on negative outcomes and problems. Stresses can compound, and some will eventually feel overwhelmed. Using a coping mechanism that will aggravate problems, such as drinking or binge eating, is also a sign of low resilience. If you can’t handle and move past problems, it will take a toll on your mental and physical health, and you’re unlikely to enjoy your life as much as you could with improved resilience.
The skills that resilience training seeks to teach and develop are:
- Higher self-confidence and self-esteem
- Problem-solving skills
- Setting realistic goals
- Accepting changes
- Ability to manage emotions and impulses
- Communication skills
- Ability to connect with others
- Taking positive steps to carry out plans