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Resilience: Bouncing Back in Difficult Times

May 6, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

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It’s not easy overcoming challenges that life brings your way. A big part of how you’re able to cope comes from your resilience - your ability to cope with challenges, deal with difficult feelings, and “bounce back” after a tough situation or difficult time. It’s also the ability to adapt to difficult circumstances that you can’t change, and keep on thriving.Your family, your community and who you are as an individual affect your capacity for resilience. In your family, communication, parenting styles and support from outside the family play an important part. Environmental or community factors that affect your resilience can include social conditions, education, health and community participation and inclusion. Your own self-concept, social skills and physical health also affect your resilience.

How resilient are you? Assess your resilience by trying these quizzes:

How did you do? Are you strong in some places? Need to develop in others?

It’s important to know that anyone can strengthen their resilience. Here are some ideas:

  1. Connect with other people. Building a network of social supports strengthens resiliency. Play on a sports team, get involved in the arts, or volunteer in your community.
  2. Maintain a daily routine. A routine provides consistency to help reduce stress.
  3. Take care of yourself. Eat well, have fun, get enough rest, and exercise.
  4. Try to keep things in perspective during tough times. Remember that things will change, and that you have made it through difficult times in the past.
  5. Set goals that challenge you to learn and grow. Taking on new experiences and getting out of your comfort zone to accomplish your goals builds your capacity to be resilient. 

Learn more about resilience and how to take care of your mental health. And if you are a parent, read about how to help prepare your children for the challenges they may face. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.

Celebrate Mental Health Week this week by learning about how to build resilience and mental wellness. Find more information here.

Author’s Bio: Today’s blog is written by River Chandler. River is the Manager of Mental Health Promotion at the BC Ministry of Health. River brings a passion for the wellbeing of children, youth and their families to her work. Outside the ministry, River is a theatre artist who utilizes the work of Theatre for Living to facilitate workshops and create audience-interactive plays with schools and communities.

Related blogs:

Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity
The Importance of Getting Back to Nature
Building Kids’ Resilience
Mental Health & Well-Being

Recommended resources:

HealthLink BC: Building Resilience
Canadian Mental Health Association

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