Resilience is the process of bouncing back from adversity, trauma, tragedy and other stresses in our lives.

Resilience helps you:

  • Make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out
  • See yourself in a positive light and confidence in your strengths and abilities
  • Communicate and solve problems
  • Manage strong feelings and impulses

We admire resilience in our leaders and heroes, but it is not a genetic trait. You can learn the behaviors, thoughts, and actions that lead to resilience. You can build up your resilience by taking decisive actions, building a positive attitude, and taking care of yourself physically.

When you’re hit by stress or problems, take a moment to recall how you coped successfully with a problem in the past. Your past successes will show what works best for you. Remember that “one size does not fit all.”

How did you solve your issues in the past?

  • Did you ask for counsel from friends, family, clergy, professional counselors?
  • Did you do most of your work by yourself?
  • Did you do a lot of research before making decisions and take your time in pondering options?
  • Or did you simply dive into the problem quickly, without much research or homework?

What worked well for you in the past is key to gathering your strengths and assets for this round.

Steps Toward Resilience

  • Make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out.
  • Create a positive view of yourself and build confidence.
  • Work to build your problem-solving skills.
  • Manage your strong feelings and impulses.
  • Look for examples of resilience among family and friends.

If you need a guide to help you down the pathway, or if you feel that you need immediate assistance, call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558. Or check out this three-part video series about the 3 Cs of resilience.

Part One of Resilience*

Part Two of Resilience*

Part Three of Resilience*

Dr. Seligman’s Definition of Optimism*

If you are still looking for guidance, the American Psychological Association can give you additional direction on the pathway to resilience.*

*These videos and links will give you access to information not produced by Methodist Healthcare.

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