This article originally appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Western Pennsylvania Guide to Good Health
Resilience is a scientific term that refers to materials that have the capacity to return to their original shape after being bent or stretched. But, resilience is also a term that applies to people as well – people who have the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, defeat, or other adversity and bounce back.
For many women, resilience is considered an essential strength. However, women are not always aware of the amount of resilience they do possess.
My friend, Gail M. Wagnild, R.N., Ph.D, is the founder the Resilience Center and a national expert on resilience, and she says that when you know your capacity for resilience, it gives you the confidence to deal with whatever life throws at you. Being resilient helps you to cope in a variety of different ways, be they personal, professional, or social.
Of course, all of us face challenges from time to time that seem overwhelming or that knock us back. That’s life. It’s the ability to get back up, and get back on track that matters most. In order to have the desire to get back into the game and actively manage your life, you need to have resilience.
You can measure your resilience with the resilience scale online tool and you can also see how you compare with others. It’s a quick test that takes less than five minutes. Regardless of your score you can feel positive about yourself and you can learn more about resilience.
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