Bouncing Forward & Building Resilience

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When explaining what I do to my nieces and nephews I talk about the importance of being able to 'bounce forward' rather than bouncing back from difficult challenges such as depression. 'Bouncing back' suggests that you will go back to where you were when the challenges occurred. And given it may neither be effective nor desirable to return to that state I focus on 'bouncing forward' as a way of handling the challenges life throws at all of us.


There so many articles and information available on the web about resilience, what it is and how to build it. You may already be familiar with much of the information presented. The aim is present some information that my clients over the last 15 years have found useful and share some of those strategies with you.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to 'bounce forward' when faced with problems, challenges, issues or misadventures in life. It's not a permanent state of ease and bliss - it's about how well you handle the things life serves up to you.

The Common Research Based Strategies & Suggestions...

  • Build and Maintain Positive Stories and Beliefs about Your Skills and Abilities
  • Have a purpose, something important for you to focus on in your life that gives you meaning
  • Develop Your Problem Solving Skills
  • When challenges occur be clear about what you want as a desired outcome and take actions towards that outcome.
  • Make sure you have a supportive social network of people you can turn to when challenges occur
  • Think Optimistically - be aware of the thoughts that go through your head on a daily basis and choose to be more optimistic in response to what happens in your life
  • Take Care of Your Body and give it what it needs
  • Establish some goals that fit the things that are meaningful and important to you
  • Treat developing resilience as an ongoing practice



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