Everyone faces trials and tribulations in their everyday life. There are those events or situations that may be small and seemingly insignificant, but that still require us to contend with and take care of. Then there are those highly stressful events that demand that we take action and make major adjustments in how we life our life. These stressors can range from serious illness, financial blows, or other unexpected traumas such as natural disasters, the loss of a loved one, or being a victim in an unexpected tragic situation.
The term "resilience" has been coined to refer to those qualities and skills that allow a person to effectively deal with all the stressful situations that life may bring one's way. And it is not just coping ability that makes on resilient. Just as important is the ability to bounce back from adversity and disappointments, as well as knowing when to ask for help and where to find those resources.
Perhaps one of the most encouraging things about resilience is that one can learn and develop those skills. Resilience is truly a process - a lifelong learning process - that continually allows us to not necessarily avoid problems or stressful situations, but to effectively handle them.
How does a person build there resilient qualities? The American Psychological Association has compiled a list of ways to accomplish this: