Resilience is the ability to adjust to circumstances and keep going in the face of adversity, whether it’s a minor hassle or a major life event. Resilience also helps us take on challenges, form stronger relationships, and embrace new experiences. A lack of resilience can lead to anxiety, poor self-care, depression, and risky behaviors, such as substance abuse.
A variety of factors are associated with resilience, including healthy relationships, good self-care, and an optimistic outlook. Resilient people use this skill set to respond to problems more effectively and balance life's demands. They're confident in their ability to handle any situation, better able to cope with stress, and more likely to achieve their goals.
No. Resilient people experience difficult situations and unpleasant emotions, but they're able to cope more effectively and bounce back faster. We can't always control events, but we can control our response to them.
Yes. Resilience is an essential skill for everyone to learn and develop. We can all become more resilient, regardless of our upbringing or current circumstances. For information about college students and resilience, read about the SCoRE® program on our Program Overview page.
As with any skill, strengthening your resilience takes time and effort, but with practice, you can respond to adversity more effectively. The following tips will help you become more resilient:
The Road to Resilience
Article from the American Psychological Association that explains how to develop and enhance resilience despite challenging life experiences.
Psychology Today: Resilience Basics
Articles about resilience, weathering tough times, cultivating optimism, and related topics, as well as links to resilience-related blogs.
Resilience: Build Skills to Endure Hardship
Article from the Mayo Clinic that provides tips on building your resilience.
Resilience and Stress Management Resource Collection
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's collection of brief articles and tips about personal resilience, as well as resilience in the realms of family, organizations, and communities.
What Is Resilience?
About.com addresses resilience through articles, tips, and a resilience quiz.
The Resiliency Center
Resource for developing resilience in yourself, your work teams, and your organization, hosted by Al Siebert, PhD. Contains articles, stories, and other resources and links.