Sometimes it may seem like certain people are better able to deal with difficult events than others.  Why does it appear this way?  How are they better able to adapt to life-changing situations and stressful events?  For most, the answer is resilience.  Resilience is the ability to overcome, or cope, with stressful events and challenges. Being resilient does not mean a person does not experience stress, they are just better able to cope with it.

According to the American Psychological Association, one of the most significant factors to developing resilience is having caring and supporting relationships. These relationships are important within and outside of the family.  In addition, other factors associated with high levels of resilience include:

·         Being realistic

·         Positive self-concept

·         Good communication and problem solving skills

·         Capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses

It is true that some individuals are naturally resilient.  However, it can be developed by creating a personal strategy to increase resilience.  A few ways to help

·         Make connections

·         Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems

·         Accept change

·         Set realistic goals

·         Take decisive actions

·         Develop a positive self-worth

·         Keep things in perspective

·         Be hopeful

·         Take care of yourself

The above are a few factors that contribute to higher levels of resiliency.  However, what is important is that a person identifies ways that work well for them as part of their personal journey to becoming more resilient.  

Because being resilient can improve the well-being of employees, the suggested challenge for August is a resiliency challenge.  

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Resilience Information Pack