Building Personal Resilience

Building Personal Resilience

Resilience is ordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience as part and parcel of life. Resilience is a person’s ability and capacity to deal with stress, pressure and the demands of daily life. Building resilience is a personal journey involving your thoughts, behaviour and actions. And furthermore, anyone can do it.

So how do we build and develop resilience and stay motivated? Here are some ways to help you start:

  • Exercise mindfulness

    Take time for what really matters. Start by being aware of where you are and what you are doing instead of being overwhelmed by what’s happening around you. In addition, research has shown that incorporating mindfulness into your daily life is highly useful for managing stress and enhancing well-being.

  • Develop realistic goals

    Develop realistic and achievable life goals for guidance and a sense of purpose. Take a small step and keep your sanity amid the chaos helps you to maintain power and control. Hence, helping you to move towards your goals.

  • Social interaction

    Cherish social support and interactions. Building good relationships with family and friends are vital. Being active in a wider community also helps to build resilience and nurture well-being.

  • Treat problems and mistakes as a learning process

    “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” –  John Powell. Mistakes are great opportunity for learning and growth. Develop the habit of using challenges as opportunities to acquire new skills and build achievement.

  • Practice optimism and avoid making a drama out of a crisis

    Stress and changes are part of life. Nothing is either good or bad. It is how you interpret and respond effectively to it. If you allow your thinking to dictate how you view something, it will take over. Start to make your thinking work to your benefit.

There are many ways to build and strengthen your personal resilience. The key is to identify which ways are most likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for building resilience. Some people find practicing meditation helps to stay connected with themselves. Others prefers sports or find keeping a journal useful. Most importantly, you are the key to transform challenges into opportunities and build your resilience to overcome difficulties.


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