What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from challenges, stress, adversity and trauma. The good news is that resilience is something that can be taught and nurtured in children. When children are resilient they are more adaptable, better problem solvers, better at regulating their emotions, more optimistic in their thinking and see themselves as competent and compassionate individuals who can make a difference in their own lives as well as in the lives of others.

Resilience can be cultivated throughout our life, promoting healthier and happier lives. Studies suggest that resilience, more than education or experience, determines who succeeds and who fails. Resilience is correlated with both physical and psychological well-being. As researchers shifted towards a strength-based approach to human behavior, various factors were found to help the individual cope more effectively in life. 

Components of Resilience

• Capacity for healthy emotional regulation

• Cognitive style where self-limiting beliefs are challenged, and optimism is nurtured.

• Character traits such as empathy, perseverance, self-control, responsibility, curiosity and kindness.

• Connection to at least one supportive and emotionally present adult and connection to a larger supportive social system.

• Growth mindset

There is always the opportunity for new learning and integration of new skills and strategies. With time and practice, the learning can help rewire the brain. Neuroplasticity can happen throughout our lives. Our interest in to build on the strengths of the individual such that they can be successful with their intentions and aspirations.