• Kaidi Bowen

Great ways to build Resilience

Updated: Jul 9

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, develop healthy ways of coping with stress, and thrive in the face of life’s challenges. Resilience isn't something you have or don't have; it's something you build over time by practising new behaviours until they become second nature. In this blog we'll look at what resilience is and why it matters. We'll also cover some techniques for increasing your own resilience, so that you can flourish in whatever situation life throws your way!

What is resilience?

Resilience is an important skill to have, and it's one you can develop. Think of resilience as the ability to bounce back from adversity. Instead of being paralysed by fear or anxiety when faced with obstacles, resilient people use those instances as opportunities to grow their resilience even further by learning how they react when their expectations aren't met; they ask themselves what they could have done differently or better; they reflect on how those types of situations might play out in the future so that they can prepare themselves better next time around becoming more resilient in the process.

Resilience isn't just about bouncing back after something bad happens though—it's also about thriving during challenging periods as well! A person who has developed high levels of resilience will take these challenges in their stride instead of letting them defeat them completely.

Bounce back from adversity.

In order to bounce back from adversity, you need to learn from your mistakes so you can avoid making them again. It's important to use your emotions as a guide for decision-making.

The impact of stress on health and wellbeing.

Stress is a normal part of life, but it can also be harmful. Stress is any kind of pressure that causes you to feel concerned, afraid or confused. It's caused by many things – like illnesses and major life events such as losing someone close to you, moving house or finding out you're pregnant.

The first step in building resilience is recognising what causes stress for you. The next step is learning ways to manage it and reduce its impact on your health and wellbeing over time.

How do you recognise when your resilience is getting depleted?

You know you are depleted when your energy levels start to drop. You might experience a noticeable loss of motivation, or become much more sensitive and irritable than normal. If this happens often, it’s time to take action and do something about it before it gets worse. There are many ways that you can build resilience, but we’re going to focus on the ones that will help you get back on track quickly so that you can continue doing what matters most for your business.

How can you increase resilience, so that you can bounce back when the going gets tough?

  • Practice self-care. Self-care is a wonderful way to build resilience and keep yourself healthy. When you feel supported and cared for, it's much easier to bounce back from challenges. Try things like meditating, spending time in nature, doing something creative that you enjoy (like drawing or writing), listening to music, eating healthy foods that make your body feel good (like chocolate!), or getting a massage or foot rub when you need it most.

  • Ask for help. Sometimes the best thing you can do when life gets hard is ask someone else for their support! In fact, research shows that asking for help actually makes us feel more empowered as well as reducing stress levels overall—so why not give it a try?

  • Try to be optimistic about difficult situations rather than focusing on what happened wrong or what could go wrong next time around; people who have an optimistic mindset tend not only see greater success but also experience less anxiety overall due to having more peace of mind during challenging times than those who focus on the negative aspects of their lives instead of seeing potential solutions at hand.* Challenge negative thoughts by replacing them with positive ones instead (e.g., "I will fail" becomes “I am going to succeed!"). This helps reduce feelings associated with worry because we're thinking positively instead!

Resilience is an ability we all have and can develop with practice.

Resilience is an ability we all have and can develop with practice. It's the ability to bounce back from adversity, withstand stress, adapt to change, stay positive in the face of hardship and not let fear destroy us. Resilience is not a fixed personality trait—it's something we can learn by practicing specific strategies until they become automatic.


I hope you’ve found this useful! I know that it can be challenging to help your teams build resilience, so you can download my free interactive Staff Training Program for building resilience.

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