17 September 2015
Life changes and stressful situations happen to all of us. Ever wonder why some people can roll with the punches when others struggle?
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What do all these people have in common?
They are resilient.
Resilient people are able to cope better when something bad happens. As described by former Senior Lecturer in Social Work at USC, Venkat Pulla, “Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have”. According to experts, those that can persevere through challenging situations have some common characteristics.
They practice being thought aware
Jumping to conclusions, overgeneralisation and labelling are all no-no’s when it comes to resilience. The resilient monitor their thoughts and replace negative thoughts with something positive.
They maintain perspective
The resilient take a boarder, more long term view of events and their consequences. Hindsight is 20/20!
They create goals
If resilient folk are unhappy with the current situation, they choose where they want to go. Only we can turn our vision for the future into our reality!
They build and maintain relationships
Good friends and family are the support we all need during ups and downs. A study conducted by Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Prudence Millear, highlighted the importance of social support during stressful times. When resilient people suffer a knock-back, they aren’t afraid to reach out for support. Hey, you’d do the same for them!
They look after their wellbeing
Resilient people put their wellbeing first. Whether it be playing sport, having faith, engaging in a rewarding career or spending time with family; the resilient embrace multiple activities that improve their esteem. These activities give them a crutch, because if a challenge interferes with one, they still have other values in life that boost their esteem.
We have resilience training available to staff and students. Contact Health Safety and Wellbeing for more information.