By Sarah. M Agnew, Provisional Psychologist
Stress and adversity are inevitable parts of life. From minor setbacks to major traumas, everyone faces
challenges that can take a toll on their mental health. The ability to bounce back from adversity is what
sets resilient people apart from those who struggle to cope. Having the capacity to recover quickly from
difficulties, adapt to change, and thrive despite hardship, is the bread and butter of resilience.
Fortunately, resilience is not an innate trait that some people are born with, and others are not. Instead,
it is a set of skills and attitudes that can be learned and developed over time. In this blog, I will explore
what resilience is, why it is important, and how to build it.
So, what is resilience?
Resilience involves “bouncing-back. It is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult
or challenging life experiences, notably through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and
adjustment tobothexternal and internal demands. Resilience is the capacity to deal with stress, pain,
and adversity successfully rather than the absence of these things. Although resilient people are not
immune to stress, they have learned techniques and methods for dealing with it and recovering from
failures. Among these abilities are emotional control, goal setting, problem-solving, social support, and
encouraging self-talk. Resilient people are aware of situations, their emotional reactions, and the
behaviour of those around them.
Intrusive and unhelpful thoughts can be a common experience for people struggling with their mental health. Blair, one our psychologists, has created this toolbox to help you respond to intrusive thoughts. Like many things worth doing, learning to manage intrusive thoughts can take time and practice. Persist, make time to develop the skills and above all, do not lose hope if they "don't work the first time".
Good luck and leave a comment to let us know how you went!
Toolbox for Intrusive thoughts by Blair Raatjes