What is Resilience?

Resilience is the capacity to quickly recover from obstacles that can have an effect on your life, for example: being diagnosed with an illness that may set you back from achieving your goals, or even receiving news that you weren’t expecting such as bad results from an important exam or assignment. Having resilience throughout life is important, because without it you will find yourself falling into a mindset where you have no self believe, resulting in a lack of achievement. Resilience entails learning from your mistakes and not letting your setbacks prevent you from achieving your goals.

What causes a lack of resilience?

A lack of resilience is caused by events and traumas that cause you to develop a state of self-disbelief and negativity. The root of this can also be a result of negative reinforcement, where an individual grew up without being awarded for accomplishments, but always being punished for everything. This upbringing commonly results in people developing a sever lack of confidence and resilience, thus preventing them from setting aspirations and life goals. With time the lack of resilience can develop into depression, due to their life being dull with no accomplishments worthy of being noticed by others. Another cause is, being subjected to stressful events in life on a regular basis, that cause individuals to accommodate a state of mind where they become afraid of putting effort into achieving goals.

How can you build resilience?

Below are some helpful tips to boost your resilience in everyday life.

Case study

Joe had been diagnosed with depression and social anxiety before starting University. Prior to accessing the Student Disability Service (SDS) and being referred for Mental Health Mentoring he received no support other than prescribed anti-depressant medication. In second year, he found that he was not coping and took an Authorised Interruption of Studies. Joe missed his summer exams but returned for re-sits. It was during this return period that he first sought assistance from SDS. As a result of this approach Joe was provided with the support of a Mental Health Mentor, who met with him on a weekly basis, to discuss strategies and techniques to address the impact of his depression and anxiety on his studies.

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