“One’s doing well if age improves even slightly one’s capacity to hold on to that vital truism: “This too shall pass.”

Alain de Botton

This week we are discussing resilience and what this means.

For me, resilience is the inner strength that we all have that helps us in times of stress or crisis.  It is always there but certain things can help us maintain it.

Self-care is a way of ensuring that your bucket is full which allows you in times of stress or crisis to reach inwards.  This is a positive reinforcement if you like and will enable you to balance life whilst the stress and/or crisis is happening.  It also allows you to reach out to others if that is what you need.

It is timely at this time of year to talk about resilience, especially to all those who have just received their year 12 marks in Victoria, with the other states/territories to be released next week.  Resilience allows you to look at other available options and make decisions on other pathways without becoming overwhelmed.  Perhaps reaching out to the school’s career teacher may also be helpful and provide more information on the many other ways to transition to what you are seeking. 

For others, it may be the Christmas festivities or being without their loved ones during this time.  Resilience will assist to look at other opportunities that are available.  Reaching out to friends or communities that offer others at their table. 

So, no matter what you are currently experiencing, please remember your inner strengths and if necessary, there are people available to support you.  Whether family, friends, colleagues or professionals.