One way we can cope with stress or mental health challenges is by developing resiliency. In recent years, resiliency has become more of a “buzzword” and may not be well understood.

Resiliency isn’t about “toughing it out” or “going it alone” or even “bouncing back” right away after a difficult experience. Resilience is about  the ability to handle and recover from the challenges we face in our life. Resilience is also not something we are necessarily born with. Instead, it involves “behaviours, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone” (American Psychological Association).

If you’re interested in learning more about resiliency and how you may develop resiliency in your own life or encourage it in others, you can view the collection of resources below.

Resources for Further Learning:

Here are some web-based resources we’ve found that give further information on resilience and how you can build it.

Why is Resilience Important?– Mind Tools

How we view challenges and handle stress affects how we ensure a successful and happy life. This is one of the most important reasons for learning how to build resilience.

The Eleven Skills and Attitude that Can Increase Resilience– Psychology Today

How we handle difficult situations in our lives is partly learned as children. However, there are a number of strategies that we can teach ourselves that will add strength to our ability to overcome life challenges.

The Road to Resilience– American Psychological Association

How do we deal with difficult events that change our lives? Building resilience and meeting life challenges is a journey that takes time and may include roadblocks. Anticipating those roadblocks can help us to plan for ways to overcome them.

Quick Tips for Building Resilience – Very Well

Finding a purpose in your life, and remaining optimistic are just two of the 10 ways we might focus on to become more resilient.

Resilient Children– Centre on the Developing Child – Harvard University

Why are some children more resilient than others?  Check out this video on the importance of building resilience in children.

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