Building your Resilience

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What is resilience?

Resilience is the psychological quality that allows some people to be knocked down by the adversities of life and come back at least as strong as before.

~ source: Psychology Today

How can I boost my resilience? 

In this video, hear about how Dr Lucy Hone’s own resilience was tested and her tips to boost resilience.

What she learned was:

  1. Accept the reality that suffering is part of life
  2. Enjoy the good things in life – focus you attention using mindfulness techniques or being grateful for the good things in life, as we suggested in previous blogs
  3. Ask, “Is the way I’m thinking or acting helping or harming me?”

Creating a ‘Resilience Tree’ 🌳

Drawing a ‘Resilience Tree’ is a good way to think about how strengths and relationships help you to overcome any challenges you are facing.

  1. Start by drawing as rough outline of a tree with roots, a trunk and branches/leaves.
  2. Fill out the roots with things that help you cultivate resilience. This could be relationships with your family or friends. Also think about interests and hobbies; the things you enjoy doing that take your mind off stresses. Are the any particular places and spaces you can go that help you to feel safe and calm?
  3. Add your fruits to the branches with positive things that you can achieve when you’re at your best such as supporting others, clearing mental fog and working towards your purpose.
  4. Fill out the trunk by connecting your roots to your fruits; digging into your roots gives you headspace, a better perspective and clears your mind to make better decisions

For more instructions and an example, check out this Tree of Resilience activity information.

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It may seem hard to be resilient but practicing it over and over again will help you gradually build a more resilient mindset.

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