Being resilient doesn’t mean that we’re unaffected by the adversity we encounter in life. Instead, resilience is our ability to recover from the stress we encounter. Whether we can bounce back depends on the stresses we face and the resources we have to help us cope.

Things that can help are having a think and/or talk to someone you trust to see if there are any demands that can be reduced, either at work or at home.  And what alternative or additional resources might sustain you during a difficult time?

Please take care of yourself and make use of the support on offer. Check out your current resilience level and find out how you can support your resilience.

Find out your resilience level

Complete eight short questions to get a feel where your resilience levels are at the moment.  This is provided by The Resilience Engine and provides a quick reflection on where you resilience levels may be right now.


Clips about resilience

A member of the Scottish emergency services explores resilience. In the four minute video the Scottish mountain rescue member considers their own experiences in terms of resilience and the importance of recognising your own warning signs and knowing how to look after yourself and colleagues

Nasa Researcher and Clinical Psychologist Raphael Rose considers Resilience and Stressors, Mistakes & Failure (12 mins) to provide insight into becoming more resilience by facing stressors, learning from mistakes and rebounding from failure.

Filmed in Edinburgh, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal explores how to make stress your friend instead of the traditional view of treating stress as the enemy

 Fatima Khan-Shah, Patient Leader and Partnership Lead with the NHS in two minutes chat about resilience and self care.

Resilience tools

Positive Psychology here provide three resilience exercises with the aim to inspire you to increase your own resilience and the resilience of those around you.

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