Essentially, resilience is the ability to protect ourselves from the potential negative impact of stressors that misfortune brings. It’s having a knack for rebounding quickly after facing significant stress with our physical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional state intact. Facing stressful situations with resilience makes us stronger and more resourceful and prepares us to face future challenges.
Looking up images of resilience online, the animated depictions typically show an unfazed character preventing a comically large boulder (or human-sized domino or mountain) from landing on their head. But these images omit one hard truth:resilience is messy. Facing our fears brings up all kinds of unpleasant feelings. It’s scary. It’s intimidating. It’s traumatic. But facing those fears is also a necessary component of nurturing our resilience which, in turn, has a direct impact on our health and well-being.
Several studies suggest people with high resilience experience an improved quality of life especially when it comes to health - everything from managing skin and digestive issues to arthritis, diabetes, and cancer, for example, can be impacted by our resiliency. A survey conducted by The Gerontologist in 2016 found that people who had higher levels of resilience experienced fewer health issues and lower levels of disability as they aged.
In a perfect world, we’d be at our prime all the time. But we live in the real world. We get tired. We’re get overworked. We feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to knock the wind out of our sails.
What happens when our resilience wavers?
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