6. Empowering yourself through support and self-care

Building your resiliency

Resiliency is the process of building strengths and developing coping skills during times of adversity. Building resilience can help you deal with life’s unexpected challenges and serves as a protective factor against stress. You can learn to be resilient by becoming aware of your strengths and developing strategies to cope with your life stresses.

Common elements of resilience include:

    problem-solving skills
    flexibility
    sense of purpose
    sense of humour
    remaining calm under pressure
    optimizing strengths in difficult situations
    hope
    healthy coping skills
    positive emotions
    positive experiences
    a good perspective
    opportunities to grow and change.