When life knocks you down, you might be left wondering how to get back up. This module will teach you strategies to improve your resilience, or ability to recover after setbacks.
"You may tread me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I'll rise." -- Maya Angelou
You’ve made it to college and are experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of campus life! You’re feeling every feeling:
You’re probably also going to experience some less-than-awesome feelings -- you might be lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed trying to balance your family, work, and academic responsibilities. You might go through a breakup, get sick, or fail a course. You might do all of these things in the same week. These challenges, at times, may start to feel overwhelming.
The truth is, you are going to encounter challenges in life. Sometimes, you are going to struggle, or even fail. The key to overcoming these hurdles is resilience.
Resilience is the inner strength that pushes you to keep going when you are feeling overwhelmed or defeated. Resilience is bigger than any one specific challenge -- it’s not just about school, work, or your personal life. Rather, resilience is the ability to accomplish difficult goals and bounce back from disappointing or painful experiences. This can feel especially difficult after you’ve had a setback, but actually, this is one of the times that you most need to persevere.
Resilience isn’t something you’re simply born with. It’s a muscle you develop over your lifetime: you become more resilient by facing challenges and learning from your experiences. This isn’t always easy, though -- it can be difficult to simply pick yourself back up off the ground in the face of disappointment or devastation. It can be hard to just “let it go and move on.”
This module will help you to build resilience by showing you how to set and accomplish realistic goals, tackle problems, and bounce back from bad experiences.
While this module will help you to become more resilient, know that you are not starting from zero. Everyone has some level of resilience -- after all, if you had no resilience, you would never have been able to apply to and get into college!
Before learning how to become more resilient, it may be helpful to understand how resilient you already are. Check out this resilience quiz - opens in a new window by Dr. Al Siebert, author of The Resiliency Advantage.