Infographic: How to build personal resilience

Written by David Keane on 29 March 2017 in Features

Ever wanted to build your personal resilience? David Keane has given us this neat infographic that breaks it down into 18 easy steps.

A resilient person can not only handle a difficult experience in the moment, they can also bounce back quickly afterward. We can develop our resilience by managing our thoughts, behaviours and actions. This infographic beneath collects together a few of the main ways we can be more resilient.

  • Develop supportive and caring relationships at home, among friends and colleagues.
  • Accept help and support and help others when they need it.
  • Receiving & appreciating kindness from others may be just as important as offering it up.
  • This is because gratitude is an important part of resiliency.
  • Remember that some crises are beyond your control.
  • You cannot change events however you can change the way you interpret and react to them.
  • It’s important that you try to accept this and look ahead.
  • Accept that change is part of life and that you will have to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Set some realistic goals and take regular small steps towards achieving them.
  • Ask yourself, “What’s the one thing I can accomplish today?” rather than focusing on the overarching goal.
  • Be decisive – do as much as you can rather than avoiding problems and hoping they will go away.
  • Try to understand your own experiences of dealing with loss, hardship or emotional problems.
  • Appreciate what you have learned from these difficult issues.
  • Develop a positive view about yourself and be confident in your strengths and abilities.
  • Try to take a longer-term perspective and don’t blow the significance of the event out of proportion.
  • Stay hopeful and optimistic.
  • Visualise what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
  • Look after yourself – your health, fitness and need for relaxation and peace.
  • Looking after yourself will give you the strength and balance to deal with difficult situations.


About the author

David Keane is director of Davitt Corporate Psychology, where this post first appeared 

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