Explore our Garden of Resilience

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Psychology, Resilience

Resilience can be defined as what gives people the emotional strength to cope with setbacks, trauma, obstacles, and loss or change. Resilient people are able to use their internal resources, strengths, and learned skills to help them to tolerate discomfort and rise to meet their challenges by using healthier coping strategies.

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Nelson Mandela

A big part of becoming resilient is being aware of your strengths. Personal strengths are the helpful and healthy parts of your personality that influence how you think, feel and behave. Some examples of strengths can include kindness, being hardworking, perseverance, ambition, or being artistic. The list is endless!

Spend a moment considering your own strengths. Take a look at these few prompts. Jot down some of your answers as you reflect on your strengths. Notice what comes up for you.

  • What are you most proud of achieving over the past week?
  • What have you done to stay afloat?
  • What has helped you to take a step towards your goals?
  • What would your best friend say they value most about you?
  • What have you learned that you can actually do, that you previously doubted about yourself?

Garden of Resilience

Our Garden of Resilience here at Centre For Effective Living was created to highlight our clients’ strengths and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has grown and flourished over the past few months and is now in full bloom!

Clients were invited to write down the strengths they were most proud of using over such a stressful time. Take a look at how our clients – children, teens and adults – have all been able to identify their unique strengths that have helped them to get through the many adversities over the past few years.

What are your strengths?

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Maya Angelou

If you would like to learn more about your strengths, try taking the VIA character strengths survey. This can guide you in considering your strengths and how best to use them.

f you would like more support in exploring your own strengths and resiliency, give us a call here on 1800 832 588.