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8 Ways to Build Resilience

This series of videos, presented by the Health Peers, is based on Health Promotion content found in Bouncing Forward Resilience Course. Students can learn about the 6 building blocks of cultivating resilience and follow along with the activities demonstrated in each of the videos.

6 Building Blocks of Cultivating Resilience

  • Social connection and quality relationships are one of the building blocks to cultivating resilience and maintaining positive well-being. In fact, a Harvard study found that close relationships are the strongest predictors of a healthy and happy life.
  • Self-awareness is one of the building blocks of cultivating resilience. Being self-aware means noticing and understanding your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours and understanding how they affect both you and those around you. There are multiple ways to build self-awareness including knowing your strengths, recognizing and naming emotions, and practicing mindfulness. 
  • Shifting perspective is one of the building blocks of cultivating resilience. Our perception of events can alter our feelings around them; the lens through which we look at the world has a big impact on how we experience our lives. One way we can shift our perspective is to practice gratitude.
  • Goal setting is one of the building blocks of cultivating resilience. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivations, and achieving goals builds your self-confidence. Goals can help you during times of adversity by offering a roadmap out of challenging situations.
  • Solving problems is one of the building blocks of cultivating resilience. When faced with roadblocks, you can draw on your problem-solving skills to overcome or navigate around them. Research shows that grit - perseverance, even in the face of adversity - is a key component of success.
  • Self-compassion is one of the building blocks of cultivating resilience. It is the practice of treating yourself compassionately in situations where you might perceive inadequacy, failure or general suffering. A large body of research shows that self-compassionate individuals suffer less and thrive more.

Social Connection

Social Support Networks

Have you ever wondered about the roles people play in your life? Claudya and Sarah, your SFU Health Peer Educators, are here to breakdown the 7 roles that people may fill in your life: the friend, appreciator, fun time, resource, role model, challenger and overload. 

Remember that it's physical distancing, not social distancing, so don't forget to stay connected!

Self-Awareness

Use Your Strengths

Have you ever wondered about your character strengths? Adrianna and Mia, your SFU Health Peer Educators, are here to discuss character strengths and how to use them to improve your well-being. 

Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey.

 

Recognize & Name Emotions

Have you ever wondered how to put your emotions into words?Meaghan, your SFU Health Peer Educators, is here to discuss how to practice self awareness through recognizing and naming emotions we feel. 

Book an appointment with a counsellor.

Check out the Daylio app.

Mindfulness

Have you wondered how you can feel more grounded in the present? Mariel, one of your SFU Health Peer Educators, is here to discuss how to become more self-aware through practicing mindfulness. Follow along with the exercise!

Shifting Perspective

3 Good Things

Have you wondered how you can shift your perspective? Emma and Jessica, your SFU Health Peer Educators, are here to discuss shifting your perspective by practicing gratitude.

Create a bliss list of things that make you happy. 

 

Goal Setting 

Make SMART Goals

Have you wondered how you can shift your perspective? Emma and Jessica, your SFU Health Peer Educators, are here to discuss shifting your perspective by practicing gratitude.

Create a bliss list of things that make you happy. 

 

Solving Problems

Find Balance

Have you ever felt overwhelmed and struggled with balancing your priorities? Tamara and Aleisha, your SFU Health Peer Educators, are here to discuss how to build grit and how to find balance.

 

Self-Compassion

Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever felt like you are an imposter, like you are a fraud, that you are the only one who doesn't know how to do something, or that you don’t deserve your achievements? This feeling is called Imposter Syndrome. Perla, one of your SFU Health Peer Educators, and two SFU professors, Dr. Lara Aknin and Dr. Brian Fraser, are here to discuss how to overcome imposter syndrome.