Strategies for Building Resilience

EAP Navigator - April 2018

Resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy or significant stress. Resilient people don’t dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward.

Below are some strategies for building resilience:

-- Nurture a positive view of yourself. Develop confidence in your ability to solve problems and trust your instincts.

-- Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. We can't always prevent stressful events from happening, but we can change how we interpret and respond to these events.

-- Accept that change is a part of living. Certain goals no longer may be attainable as a result of adverse situations but acceptance can help you focus on circumstances you can affect.

-- Look for opportunities for self-discovery. Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship report better relationships, a greater sense of strength, an increased sense of self-worth and a greater appreciation for life.

-- Make connections. Good relationships with family, friends or others are important. Accept help and support from those who care about you.

-- Maintain a hopeful outlook. An optimistic outlook enables you to expect good things to happen in your life.

-- Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities you enjoy and find relaxing such as exercising, getting enough sleep, eating a healthful diet and limiting alcohol consumption.

For more information about resilience, contact Cascade EAP.