Resilience | What students need to succeed in 2020/21



Is resilience important to me as a student?

Resilience is the ability to cope when things go wrong. As a student, it is crucial that you develop resilience; you will be more open to learning and feel comfortable when you do not understand topics immediately.


What is resilience?

Here are some ideas to consider when thinking about resilience

  • Not giving up when facing difficult times

  • Dealing with challenges and still holding you head up

  • Tackling obstacles and always trying your best

  • Being able to cope with problems and recognising when you need help

Resilience is a valuable commodity to possess for a variety of reasons; it allows you to develop strategies for overcoming situations that may be overwhelming and allows you to maintain balance in your life through challenging or stressful periods. Without resilience, people can feel pressured by difficult situations. Such individuals will take longer to recover from setbacks.


Resilience does not remove stress and challenges. Those who possess this quality understand that setbacks can happen and things in life can be difficult. People who are resilient still experience tough situations but can work through their feelings and recover because of their mental outlook.


How can I become more resilient?

Being resilient can be difficult, especially in tough situations as you may want to give up and feel as if there is nothing you can, however in this situation, resilience allows you to overcome the challenges and undergo personal development. To be resilient, you need to learn from your mistakes and aim to improve.


You can start by thinking positively rather than be overwhelmed by negative thoughts. This can help you cope with stress and make you happier because you will feel more motivated and inspired. Look after yourself, some people may find this difficult as they are always looking out for others first and believe looking after themselves is selfish. Being a student can be stressful, but it is crucial to make sure that you are happy and healthy.



If you do not succeed the first time, being resilient means not giving up and never stop trying. It is important you learn from your mistakes so you can improve. Find things that make you feel calm and accept that change and negative things happen in life. Look for the positives in situations, it can make you feel more comfortable about the problems you face. Finally, work towards your goals, this will help you feel more motivated as you have a clear focus.



How can I be resilient in a challenging situation?

When facing challenges ask yourself these questions.

  • What can I do to get back on track?

  • What can I learn from this situation?

  • How can I move forward?

  • Can I change something I am doing to make things better?

Focusing on what you are able to control, makes it more likely that you will experience long term success. When challenged with a crisis or an issue, it can be easy to get frustrated by things that feel far beyond your control. Rather than complaining about why things had to be this way or how to change the situation, always try to concentrate on the things that are under your influence. Even if the situation seems severe, taking realistic steps to help improve the situation and however small these measures might be, will increase your sense of control and resilience.

Self-Awareness

One of the keys to resilience is self-awareness. Learning more about yourself and how you react to curveballs in life will also help you build the strength to accomplish your goals. If you want to build on your self-awareness, you can become more aware of your strengths and areas you would like to improve. This can be managed by keeping a journal of different situations, you can note your thoughts and your responses.

Attention

If you are not concentrating, your mind tends to be worrying about issues. For example, you may be worrying about an exam that is coming up, this creates stress and unhappiness. You should focus your attention on the present rather than the future or the past.

Moving Forward

Throughout your lives, there will be times that you feel pressured or experience pain, this is when you can struggle to cope. However, through learning about yourself and realising what you can and cannot manage, you should be work to develop strategies which allows you to become more resilient. You can develop resilience and overcome problems you face.





“To fight for change tomorrow, we need to build resilience today" - Sheryl Sandberg


Written by Christopher Labinjo for the Up2Science GCSE programme Website - Email - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

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