Mental Wellness: Developing Mental Resilience

“Resilience is the ability of people, communities and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back more rapidly from acute shocks and chronic stresses” a quote in the book The Resilience Dividend by Judith Rodin, perfectly summarises the idea of mental health. And more importantly, mental resilience in people, who have been able to bounce back from failures.


Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity and trauma. To put it simply, it means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. Resilience is not extraordinary, it is ordinary, and people commonly show resilience.


Being resilient does not mean that one has not experienced difficulty or distress. On the contrary, emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have experienced adversity and trauma in their lives. The path to resilience tends to involve considerable emotional distress.


Resilience is not a trait that people possess or do not posses; it involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be developed in anyone.


Factors that contribute to resilience:

Supportive relationships

Relationships between family and friends that foster love and trust, and provide encouragement and reassurance help bolster an individual’s resilience.

Make realistic plans

Set attainable goals and work towards achieving them systematically.

Have a positive view

Have confidence in your strengths and abilities, and in the ability of being able to achieve targets.


Ways to build resilience:

Make connections

Build good relationships with close family members and friends, and accept support from those who care for you.

Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems

While it is no possible to completely avoid stressful situations, it is possible to change the way how these events are interpreted.

Accept that change is a part of living

When accepting situations that cannot be changed, it will then be possible to work on those that can be changed and improved.

Nurture a positive view

Have confidence in your abilities to solve problems.

Keep things in perspective

Avoid making a mountain out of a molehill and blowing things out of proportion.


By developing mental resilience, individuals can change the way they respond to adversities, and be able to adapt better to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. Peace out!


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American Psychological Association | The Road to Resilience
Rodin, J. (2014). The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World where Things Go Wrong. PublicAffairs.


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