What is mental resilience?

Resilience is an engineering term meaning ‘the ability to spring back into shape after being deformed.’ Mentally resilient people have the ability to spring back emotionally after experiencing difficult and stressful times.

It can be difficult, for some people, to break free from negative emotions after experiencing stressful events.  Mentally resilient people are able to, quickly, bounce back to their normal emotional state.

Mental resilience can be learnt and developed using a number of, evidence-based, techniques and practises. Through the development of core attitudes that support mental resilience, people are able to keep things in perspective and, are able to cope with things more effectively.

Mentally resilient people tend to:

  • be realistic in setting expectations and goals
  • be persistent and determined
  • be thoughtful and responsive, rather than impulsive
  • learn from exerience and not repeat mistakes
  • have good people skills and are effective communicators
  • be empathetic towards other people (caring how others around them are feeling).
  • have a social conscience, (caring about the welfare of others)
  • feel good about themselves
  • feel in control of their lives
  • be optimistic, not pessimistic

Through the development and maintenance of mental resilience, people are able to keep proper perspective and are resistent to becoming easily demoralised and giving up.

Like most things, mental resilience can be learnt and developed – it is, however, important to understand that developing a, relatively, simple set of attitudes can have a powerful influence over and individuals’ life, at work, rest and play.

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