Cultivating Resilience

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

What does resilience mean to you? My definition of resilience is the ability to cope throughout times of challenge and change.

We can build resilience to chronic stress or through post traumatic growth. Resilience doesn't eliminate the trauma or the sources of stress. This skill allows us to thrive and function to the greatest of our ability, despite daily challenges. Resilience makes us that much stronger.

“When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.” - Jaeda Dewalt

My process of cultivating resilience is comprised of the following:

  1. Self Compassion

  2. Community & Connection

  3. Gratitude

  4. Mindfulness

  5. Purpose & Meaning

  6. Inner Strength

Self Compassion

In order to cultivate resilience, we must love ourselves so deeply. Ways to cultivate self compassion may include self care routines, journaling, or loving kindness meditations.

Community and Connection

Research shows that those who have a greater sense of community and a sense of connection to loving humans around them recover quicker from setbacks. Having supportive people in your life provides more resources for healing and cultivating positive emotions.


A daily gratitude practice has so many benefits and has been shown to increase levels of happiness and contentment. In order to cultivate resilience, we must acknowledge where we are today, even during difficult times.


Practicing mindfulness helps to build resilience to chronic stress. Living in a society where we are encouraged to live on autopilot, we have the option to retrain our brain to be present and aware.

Purpose and Meaning

Those who have a sense of purpose and meaning have a greater connection to the world around them. Research shows that purpose and meaning are critical components of overall well-being. Having a sense of purpose provides you with a greater meaning and connection to life, and increases motivation and energy.

Inner Strength

We all have inner strength. We may feel fear, but the courage exists within each of us. When life gives us challenges, we have an incredible resilience to access it.

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