What is resilience? When we are more resilient we feel good and function well in our everyday lives. We are more able to cope with setbacks both big and small. Resilience increases our ability to be physically and mentally healthy, perform well professionally and personally, thrive and flourish in good and more difficult times and generally enjoy a better quality of life.
Research tells us that the things that we do and the way that we think affects our ability to be resilient; there are practical skills that can be learnt, but they take practice.
What is resilience? When we are more resilient we feel good and function well in our everyday lives. We are more able to cope with setbacks both big and small. Resilience increases our ability to be physically and mentally healthy, perform well at school or work, thrive and flourish in good and more difficult times and generally enjoy a better quality of life.
Research tells us that the things that we do and the way that we think affects our ability to be resilient; there are practical skills that can be taught, but they take practice.
The skills of resilience have to become habits and that’s not easy. Improving resilience has some similarities with getting physically fit – you don’t do it once and then forget about it – it requires constant attention, focus and effort.
So in the same way we think about physical fitness, we can promote and teach the skills to be mentally and emotionally healthy. If we develop the habits that increase our resilience we can make the most of opportunities that life may send our way and deal with difficulties as they arise.
We have curricula and a wide range of training programmes to support you.
Much of what we learn and how we live is influenced by those around us – parents, teachers and other significant adults for young people and our leaders and peers as adults. If the skills of resilience are being used and modelled in everyday life they get noticed and passed on. So we ensure that anyone who is interested in increasing the resilience of those around them also considers how to increase their own. Our approach is based on this simple premise – if we want to pass on skills of resilience to others, apply them in our own lives first.
Research tells us there are many ways to increase resilience and wellbeing – here are some of the themes that we focus on:
The way in which we interpret situations has a significant impact on how we respond to them. Those who have developed resilience skills are able to; think optimistically while remaining wedded to reality, maintain perspective, express their emotions effectively and reach out to others. Those who have developed resilient thinking skills have competence to make the most of opportunity and bounce back from difficulty.
We are social beings and our ability to build effective relationships with people we think of as similar to us and those we consider to be different is an essential skill in life. Strong relationships are an essential aspect of resilience, offering opportunities to emphasis, support each and seek help when needed. We teach skills that will allow us to build and sustain the significant relationships that really matter to us, as well as increase our ability to connect with all the people we come across in our lives.
Emotions play a powerful role in our lives and are closely connected to how well we do the things we do – working, learning or looking after ourselves and others. Understanding our emotions allows us to take more control of our reactions and respond effectively to setbacks – allowing us to make the most of what life has to offer.
We all have the capacity to be resilient and can increase this capacity by focusing on what is working. If we only pay attention to the what we can’t do, or the times when we don’t cope, we miss the opportunity to build on the resources and capacities we already have. In doing so we limit ourselves and the contribution we can make. Appreciating and working with our strengths isn’t as easy as it may sound, but offers the opportunity to bring the absolute best version of ourselves to good and difficult times.
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