The Ingredients for Resilience and Wellbeing

Essential guide to coping with setbacks

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. Resilience has a lot to do with ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences stronger than before, developing personal growth through experiences and self-discovery, thus building resilience for any future setbacks.

Some of the factors that are associated with resilience include positivity, optimism and efficiency in regulating emotions.

We know that eustress is a good type of stress that helps us grow and be more creative, it motivates us to meet deadlines, come up with new ideas and we need many of those at the moment. Eustress also makes us more agile and means we can learn to react well in challenging circumstances which may make us more resilient. Eustress is quite different to distress.

Some people are probably naturally born with more resilience than others, perhaps they have inherited an innate ability to cope from a parent. Or perhaps it was developed from early life experiences like many other personality traits. Still, every human is capable of resilience, through new behaviours, thoughts and actions that we can all learn and develop, but some may find it harder…

The Ingredients for Resilience and Wellbeing

What enables some people to bounce back from challenges while others crumble in a crisis? Well Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology, studied resilience and wellbeing to answer this very question. In doing so, Seligman developed the PERMA Model, which contains five factors to help you build resilience and wellbeing – Positive emotions, Engagement, (positive) Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. [1]Positive psychology shifts traditional ideas of psychology from working on fixing what is ‘wrong’, to focusing on what works, on strengths, on skills, and on enhancing the positives. Positive psychology has a lot to teach us about how to achieve and maintain long-term wellbeing…

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