Resilience is often defined as the process of coping with, adapting to and overcoming adversity, obstacles or significant sources of stress. This may include family and relationship troubles, health issues or work and financial strain. While people often refer to resilience as “bouncing back” from difficult experiences, being resilient is not as simple as being down one moment and up the next – it’s more like running a marathon with hurdles to jump through.
There is no clear roadmap and we are all affected differently by life’s challenges, but it is our resilience that guides us to a more balanced life, enabling us to survive and thrive.
Research suggests that resilience involves a combination of activating internal qualities and accessing external resources to positively deal with stress, setbacks and work through problems. Put simply, resilient people draw from both their strengths and support systems to face challenges. In this sense, resilience is more than just mental toughness and perseverance. Resilience isn’t a single skill or trait that one either possesses or doesn’t, it involves a variety of skills, behaviours and actions that anyone can learn and strengthen.