Resilience skills are not innate – they can be taught and whilst the thinking behind them is linked back to research and science, they need to be learned, tried and applied ideally before the crisis or trigger event comes.

In fact, like anything that we want to excel at, resilience skills need to be continually worked on and will indeed strengthen every time we experience adversity, change and crisis.

Key resilience skills include self-awareness, confidence, self-control, optimism, initiative, conscientiousness and determination. All are very learnable and translatable skills, and none are exclusive to resilience.

  • Self-awareness is knowing how your mind, body and emotions are reacting to the gravity of new or challenging situations.
  • Confidence is defined as a sense of one’s ability to succeed in future situations.
  • Self-control is the ability to stay calm under pressure or during stressful events.
  • Optimism is the belief that things will ultimately turn out well.
  • Initiative is a willingness to take on new challenges and master them.
  • Conscientiousness is the tendency to be organized and dependable.
  • Determination means sticking with plans, tasks or goals until they are completed.

What to do next?

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