Resilience is about your ability to cope with stressful circumstances and/or issues.
If you're resilient, you tend to be more hopeful, confident and possess higher self-worth when times get tough. It is easier to overcome challenges and recognise when you may need support, and who best can help you. These are calling coping strategies and they help with your self-growth as well as allowing you to handle difficulties more easily in the future.
According to Principal Youth Court Judge for New Zealand, Judge Andrew Becroft, to build resilience it is helpful if you:
Kids Help notes a key set of skills you need to be resilient:
There are many things that your family/whanau and friends can do to help you build and retain resilience.
Recent research shows that frontal lobe development (what controls your impulses and good judgement) is not completed until your early 20's.
Several studies have shown, quite dramatically, that the last areas to mature in a human deal with things like logic, judgement and wisdom.
Source: Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Liggins Institute Auckland, Sunday Star Times 2008.
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Published: 18 December 2012