Anger and resiliency part 2

Posted on: June 18, 2008

The ability to recover from a setback, an illness, a tragedy or other serious or stressful events is known as resiliency. It is demonstrated in people ‘bouncing back’ from a major downturn. And most people, despite what they may believe, are resilient. This doesn’t mean that we’re unaffected by difficult situations but rather we have the ability to gather ourselves together and move on in time. We can suffer from sadness and depression but with a strong support system, self-confidence, and a positive outlook, we can build ourselves up again.

The good news is that people who are not innately resilient can learn the behaviours and actions that lead to resiliency. If you find that you have a hard time turning around from a tough experience, some of these hints may help:

· Build and maintain relationships – staying connected with family and friends is important in developing resiliency. The support you’ll draw from your loved ones is invaluable.

· Learn to accept challenges and changes – decide to look at difficult situations as unavoidable but survivable.

· Believe in yourself – set small goals. At the beginning it can be as simple as getting out of bed – but as you complete these goals you’ll become more and more confident in your resiliency,

The human spirit is a lot stronger – a lot more resilient – than we sometimes believe. It’s amazing what we have within us to draw upon in even the most difficult of situations. Believe in your own resiliency – you’d be amazed to know what you’re capable of handling.

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF
Conflict Coach


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