Have you ever wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of disaster, while others seem to fall apart?
People that are able to keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks.
Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges, which may include job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce or the death of a loved one.
Those who lack this resilience may instead become overwhelmed by such experiences. They may dwell on problems and use unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with such challenges. Generally, these individuals are slower to recover from setbacks and may experience more psychological distress as a result.
Resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life’s difficulties. Instead, it gives people the strength to tackle problems head on, overcome adversity and move on with their lives.
More resilient people are able to adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor.
We’re talking about the ability to be resilient with the changes that life throws at each and every one of us from time to time:
– maybe a change in our financial circumstances
– a bereavement
– a car accident
– an illness
– or significant change at work – new boss, new office, promotion, increased or different workload, restructuring, redundancies, etc.
Highly resilient people are said to have a set of attributes that are not shown by less resilient individuals. And although some people are naturally more resilient than others, developing resilience is a skill that can be learnt and developed over time.
So how resilient are you? How well do you handle adversity and life’s difficult situations?
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