Mind: Building Emotional Resilience

   What is Emotional Resilience?   Emotional Resilience refers to the ability of an individual to dynamically and positively adapt to challenging and traumatic circumstances. By contrast a person who is less resilient responds to challenge by feeling helpless, isolated and unhappy. Emotional resilience is characterised by the ability to sustain wellbeing whilst at the same time trying to negotiate territory which impacts upon their psychological, social, cultural and physical health. Resilient individuals also appear more physically and emotionally robust and experience better health than their less resilient counterparts.

People who are resilient take a realistic and optimistic approach to their circumstances which enable them to problem solve effectively. By using “realistic optimism”, resilient individuals are able to identify aspects within their control that they can alter to improve their conditions and those that they cannot change which may require a altering their mindset.

By applying Positive Psychology, it is possible to develop resilience that can be used to re-frame difficult situations thereby empowering individuals to take greater responsibility for their own wellbeing in the following ways.

Features of Emotional Resilience:
Self awarenessbeing able to understand personal feelings and develop coping mechanisms.
Self managementexercising self control and being adaptable.
Social awarenessthe ability to understanding the social context of others lives impact of.
Relationship managementbeing able to influence, inspire and assist others whilst managing conflict.
  1. Demonstrating an healthy attitude to dealing with stress
  2. Having effective problem-solving skills
  3. A positive attitude to seeking help where necessary
  4. Being confident in one’s ability to cope and manage emotions
  5. Having a network of social support
  6. A sense of connectedness with loved ones
  7. Ability to share deeply personal traumatic experiences in trusted relationships
  8. A sense that spiritual wellbeing is important
  9. Identifying oneself as a survivor rather than a victim
  10. Ability to help those going through problems
  11. Learning from and finding meaning in difficult experiences
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