Building Resilience


Resilience is that hard to define quality or tendency to cope with stress or hardship in such a way that allows some people to bounce back; to not only rise above the ashes, but to come back stronger than before.

Resilience is a course of action identified by:

  • Optimism
  • Confidence
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • Self-guided improvement
  • A positive attitude
  • The capacity to control emotions
  • The skill to exploit failure or disappointment as useful feedback

You can build resilience through a number of self-guided activities in your life.  Self-guided improvement, or self-help, is a broad movement made up of numerous groups, each with their own proponents, techniques, advice, methods, motivations, beliefs, and focuses. Self-help utilizes publicly accessible information and support groups to provide emotional support, empirical knowledge, solutions, friendship, guidance, information, and a sense of belonging. A self-help course of action includes:

  • Identifying and understanding your problem
  • Breaking your problem down into small, manageable parts
  • Defining goals
  • Educating yourself about the solutions available to you
  • Creating a plan
  • Putting your plan into action
  • Measuring progress

Consider the resources below to help you build resilience: