When you need resilience

Dealing with change or loss is an inevitable part of life. At some point, everyone experiences varying degrees of setbacks. Those who lack resilience may become overwhelmed by such experiences and use unhelpful coping mechanisms to deal with them. Low resilience slows individuals from recovering from setbacks. How people deal with these problems can play a significant role in not only the immediate outcome but also the long-term psychological consequences.

Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship. Psychologists believe that resilient individuals are better able to handle adversity and rebuild their lives after a struggle. People with high resilience level are able to use their skills and strengths to respond to life’s challenges, which can include those related to:

•            Death of a loved one

•            Divorce

•            Financial issues

•            Illness

•            Job loss

•            Medical crisis

•            Natural disasters

Resilience gives people the strength to tackle problems head-on, overcome adversity, and move on with their lives. In the wake of large-scale traumas such natural disasters and the COVID-pandemic, many individuals demonstrated the behaviors that typify resilience—and they experienced fewer symptoms of depression as a result.

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