We all experience times in our lives where we face challenges and difficulties, especially as a student. We are often told to ‘Be strong,’ or ‘Be more resilient’ when going through these times.
What does resilience mean?
Resilience is, in essence, the ability to recover, bounce back and adjust easily to misfortune, change or compressive stress. Levels of resiliency change and develop throughout our lives. Resilience can also be one of many psychological tools we use to get us back to feeling normal again.
Why is resilience important?
Resiliency skills are important for many reasons; it can help us maintain balance during stressful or difficult times in our lives, it can enable us to develop protective and recovery mechanisms, it can improve learning, increase physical health, etc.
Skills and attitudes that can increase resilience:
- Flexibility. It is one of the main factors in emotional adjustment requiring you to be flexible in thinking and actions such as trying something new.
- Being self-confident. Having a positive self-image is important to face and manage fear and uncomfortable situations.
- Self-care skills and strategies. Knowing what self-care skills and strategies work for you is a crucial benefit for developing resiliency.
- Able to manage strong feelings. This involves being able to take action without reacting from our emotion and impulsivity. For example, when you’re angry or hurt, making sure you think before acting.
- Having a strong connection with others. Relationships can be a vital role in providing support to help develop resiliency.
Michael Wesch’s 5 tips to learning that can help with resiliency:
1. Learning is fun. Get excited about learning!
2. You’re not alone on this journey. There are others who have done what your practicing before and can get eager to teach and help out.
3. Failure is fun. Failure is where you're going learn the most; every time you fail, you learn something.
4. Growth is real. You're going to find yourself in many ambiguous situations, where your going to try and improve yourself in different ways it's not always going to be clear that your growing.
5. The journey never ends! You never stop learning.
If you're looking to learn more about cultivating resiliency, visit our seminars.
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