Resilience is the ability to deal with change. It’s the ability to recover from setbacks or disappointments, and move on. It’s the ability to cope. And it’s important. Research indicates that resilient people are more healthy and productive, and less likely to be absent from work. Resilience is a great quality – and it’s one that can be learned and developed!

So what can you do to become more resilient? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. A lot of people are pretty hard on themselves and engage in negative “self-talk.” For instance, if something goes wrong, they might think, “I’m so stupid. I’m always making mistakes.” If you have a tendency to have these types of thoughts, try to put a stop to them. Replace the negative thoughts with facts. For instance, if you make a mistake, think, “No one is perfect. I will fix this mistake.”
  • Find a relaxing spot and spend some time there occasionally. If there’s a quiet place at work where you can go now and then to relax, take the time to do it. If there isn’t, conjure up a relaxing scene in your mind and picture yourself there. It will help you to relax and decompress.
  • Be nice to your coworkers. Smile at them, ask questions, and listen to what they have to say. Your coworkers will most likely respond in a positive, friendly fashion, which will help to improve your mood and productivity.
  • Go for a walk with your coworkers. Walking with your coworkers will help you to build stronger relationships with them. And people with strong relationships have better resilience.
  • Keep a log of the things that you’re grateful for. Focusing on these things will help you to feel strong and positive throughout the day.


Landro, L. (2016, February 16). Why learning to be resilient is good for your health. The Wall Street Journal, p. D2.