What makes people resilient?

People often ask us; “what makes some people more resilient than others?”

We know the traits that resilient people possess – they’re able to handle change, are emotionally aware, behave logically and rationally, and feel in control of their situation.

These traits will affect their everyday quality of life as change can happen constantly.

It involves almost anything where the status quo is challenged by something new or unfamiliar.

For example, at work an employee may have to handle an increased workload from their manager. That can feel overwhelming, and the employee may feel they are somehow destined to fail. Their levels of stress will increase as a result, and they may start to panic.

However, a resilient person may look at the situation in a different way. They may realise that they are not destined to fail, but perfectly capable of doing a good job.

In fact, they may consider that they have specifically been chosen to take on this extra work because they are highly thought of by their employer.

The negative situation becomes a positive.

How can you gain this kind of mindset when the situation initially looks hopeless?

The key to resilience is regularly challenging your thinking. This means looking at your actions, i.e. in this case becoming panicked due to feeling overwhelmed, and then systematically working backwards to see an alternative viewpoint.

If we can become comfortable doing this on a regular basis, we can build our experience and will start doing it automatically.

At BounceBack, we can help you do this through our Resilience Routine and the accompanying Developing Resilience eLearning course.

The Routine provides several exercises to help you or your employees become more resilient by practicing how to think clearly and rationally.

If you’ve ever reacted to something in a way that led to a negative outcome, then we can use the techniques to see why.

More importantly, we can then work out what we could do differently next time to reach a positive outcome instead.

Learn more about where to start here:


Take care,

Team BounceBack

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