Building your resilience
What is Resilience?
According to the dictionary, the word resilience has two meanings:
- "An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change."
- "Capable of returning to an original shape or position, as after having been compressed."
Deciding to take the emotional 'risk' of finding out about learning opportunities or enrolling on a course
Enabling us to overcome fears arising from previous unsatisfactory or negative experiences of school or other learning
Helping us believe that we can overcome the barriers we face in getting into learning
Handling any knock backs during learning
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Positive lifestyle choices (diet, exercise)
- Self talk
- Thought records
- Self care and self soothing
Much of the focus in the literature is on self-help for individuals to develop their resilience but it is important to recognise that improving people's resilience isn't just about individuals.
We tend to develop our resilience skills over time through our different life experiences, so for example generally young people might be expected to have less emotional resilience than adults. Low levels of resilience can also be common to members of some groups of people who have had few opportunities to develop their resilience or who have particular shared personal experiences and/or demograhic characteristics.
lower levels of resilience and may extra as a society we can help
Resilience and learning
Several of our learners' stories describe how people's resilience skills grew as they learned and how they
There are hundreds of tactics you can use to boost your resilience to the stresses and strains of the learning process.
Reading our guide to How to be Happy and Healthy in Learning is a great way to start.
Our forums are one place ywhere you can talk about mentally healthy learning. Join in the discussion and swap tips for staying well during stressful times like interviews, assessments and work placements.