What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to positively adapt to and rebound from significant adversity and the stress it creates.

It’s a dynamic process and is enhanced with good coping strategies, systemic supports and effective policies.

Those coping strategies include the ability to recognise stress, the ability to identify its real cause, accessing internal and external resources, and developing the skills required for emotional regulation.

In most cases, resilience develops as we manage negative or challenging experiences in our environment. If nothing “bad” ever happened to us, we would probably never be able to develop positive resilience skills!

What is stress?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened, upset, unbalanced or under pressure.

We often experience stress in the following situations:

What are the individual factors that contribute to resilience?

What can teams, managers and organisations do to help build resilience?

Using your EAP to develop skills in resilience

Many employees access EAP when they are distressed due to unmanageable stress levels.

However, you can also work with an EAP counsellor at any time to develop skills in resilience.

These skills will help promote well-being and protect you from stress risk factors.

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