Learning about increasing one’s own resilience starts with investigating what factors can contribute to making you resilient.
Identifying your strengths
Personal resilience differs for every person. How people feel resilient can be based on a number of features in their lives. The diagram below outlines different areas in which people can have different strengths.
In order to improve your own resilience it’s important to try and focus on the areas identified in the wheel in which you already have particular strengths. For example:
- optimism: are you always a glass-half-full type?
- emotional awareness: are you in tune with your own stressors? Can you often identify when you are feeling anxious or stressed?
- control of self: are you organised? Do you often find yourself writing lists and preparing work before deadlines?
- social network: do you have a reliable network of people that you know you can often turn to when things aren't going smoothly?
- sense of humour: can you laugh at yourself easily? Does comedy help you manage difficult times more easily?
- self-belief: do you experience high self-esteem? Does your confidence in your knowledge and skills enable you to manage a scenario with less stress?
- problem solving: are you able to adapt to new situations or changes with little difficulty?