Olivia Taylor

How to Build Resilience

Resilience is the ability to continue on through difficult times. This can help us within education, work and general life to thrive amongst adversity. However, resilience isn’t “fixed”  – you can build up your resilence! 

Why is resilience so important?

How to build your resilience?

  • Look after your physical health – it’s important that your eat healthily, get enough sleep and be active. Even you aren’t looking after your physical health you can feel fatigued, irritable and can get ill easily. In the most stressful or difficult times, it’s most important to look after your physical needs. 
  • Learn how to use relaxation techniques when stressed – these can be simple things like taking a bath or going for a walk. You can also try and incorporate meditating, mindfulness and breathing exercises during your days. 
  • Make sure to connect with important people in your life – make time for friends and family who make you feel relaxed and joyful. Connecting with loved ones can make you more resilient during stressful times. 
  • Take a rest – making sure to rest is a way to feel less stressed. You can take short breaks such as a day trip or reading a book or a longer break like a holiday. 
  • Set boundaries – Setting boundaries with people in your life is an important tool for resilience. Read about assertiveness here
  • Reduce stress – learn to say “no” to things you don’t want to do and resolve negative conflicts in your life. 

"The Three Secrets of Resilient People" - Dr Lucy Hone