Do you think you are a resilient person? Yes, no, maybe? If you are not sure, here are some questions for you that make it easier to find out:
– Do you always learn something from your failures? Answering that question with yes is a sign of resilience.
– Has your body a hard time healing after an illness? That’s not a sign of resilience.
– How long does it take you to recover from a stressful event? Not long? Good, you seem to be resilient.
– Is it hard for you to ask other people for help? That most likely is not a sign of resilience.
– Do you usually come through difficult times with only little trouble? Good, you probably have resilient skills.
– Do you have difficulties in accepting change in your life? You probably lack some resilient skills then.
– You might have noticed that those questions touched different aspects of life. That is because there are different kinds of resiliences:
- Mental resilience
- Emotional resilience
- Physical resilience
- Social resilience
- Spiritual resilience
You are mentally resilient when your mind is strong and healthy, and you can deal with stressors, pressure, and challenges so well that you can still perform to the best of your ability.
Emotional resilience means that you can adapt to stressful events without overacting or suppressing your feelings. You keep evolving through pain and suffering.
Physical resilience allows you to recover quickly from physical challenges or illness. In general, you live a healthy lifestyle.
Socially resilient people have friends, family or other relationships they can count on when needed, and they are not afraid of asking them for help.
And finally, spiritual resilience: You maintain a positive spirit and attitude when facing adversity. You believe in yourself or higher spiritual resources (which do not necessarily have to be religious ones).
As you can imagine being resilient in one of those areas is good, but being resilient in all of them is even better. It is normal to have strengths and weaknesses here – for example, you might have a strong and healthy body that makes it easy for you to recover from sickness, but controlling your emotions in stressful situations is very difficult.
To make life as balanced and healthy as possible, we aim for holistic resilience with strong skills in all areas. As with any other skills, resilient skills is something we can practice, train, and improve.
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