Resilience is about having the ability to “bounce back,” recover from or positively adapt to difficult situations, stresses, changes or challenges in our lives we all inevitably face from time to time.
As a student, you might experience both positive and negative events that make you feel overwhelmed, stressed, down or lonely. Things like…
- Doing poorly on an exam or class
- Interacting with new people
- Moving away from home
- Moving into a new residence or house
- Having a major dispute with a friend or parent
- Experiencing abuse, bullying or social exclusion
- Starting a new job
- Being promoted
- Beginning a new romantic relationship
Demonstrating resilience in the face of these challenges or changes allows you to move forward in a positive way while ensuring you maintain your mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. Keep in mind, being resilient does not mean you don’t experience negative emotions! It just means you are able to cope effectively when you find yourself in a tough situation.
Resilience can be built!
One of the best things about resilience is it can be learned by anyone at anytime!1 We are all capable of building and fostering our resilience through our thoughts, behaviours and actions.
As family members, friends and members of the Brock community we can also help others increase their resilience.2,3
Building resilience is a lifelong process that you can work to increase in many different ways. Here are just a few ways you can build your own resilience or encourage others to increase theirs:
- Make connections and build positive relationships
- Accept change is a part of life
- Have a positive view of yourself
- Use positive coping strategies such as deep-breathing, positive self-talk and mindfulness
- Take action
- Take care of yourself
- Seek assistance when needed