Resilience is always very interesting. The same thing can happen to a group of people and some will be able to bounce back while others have a more difficult time. Some individuals seem to be born more resilient than others, although it’s not a confirmed fact whether our level of resilience is determined by nature or nurture. However, it can be learned.


There’s a certain way of thinking that comes with survival. It’s been compared to thinking strategies used by city planners. They’re able to make decisions for the sake of survival and improvement based on past history, ultimately trying to prevent challenges. Basically, the people or places are exposed to adverse situations or intense challenges, they learn how it affects us which teaches us how to handle it. For example, 911 heightened our airport security or how areas subjected to hurricanes teach preparation.


It’s almost like the more often we experience adversity, the more we’re able to handle it as well as act preventively rather than responsively. This is also a trait common in those who seem more resilient – they’re more preventative than responsive, they learn. Learning how to cope with adversity is a good thing and it comes with experience.
When we’re more resilient and can cope with adversity, it helps us manage stress. When some of us can’t seem to bounce back from something, it really weighs us down. The stress becomes stronger, which is very unhealthy and damaging to our wellbeing.


Our spiritual and cultural backgrounds can also influence resilience. Believing in something that helps us to make sense of adversity can detach us from situations and give us that healthy distance to learn without being dragged down.


Here are some suggestions from Diana Raab Ph.D. to become more resilient:

  • Being flexible and realizing that change is a part of life
  • Making realistic plans
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Keeping channels of communication open with yourself and others
  • Reminding yourself of strategies that have helped you cope in the past
  • Being mindful of methods of self-discovery
  • Engaging in journaling to record your feelings
  • Finding a way to manage stress and impulses
  • Making important connections
  • Being decisive
  • Using creative-visualization techniques


If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome a hard time, please reach out and contact Crownview Medical Group to get some advice from a trained medical professional. We care about each and every person living life as to their fullest potential and getting the optimum life experience.