Why do some individuals crumble under pressure while others flourish in reaction to stress? What explains the difference between these two groups of people?
“Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress. They understand that setbacks happen and sometimes life is hard and painful. They still experience the emotional pain, grief, and sense of loss that comes after a tragedy, but their mental outlook allows them to work through such feelings and recover.” Source: About Psychology
Building Stress Resilience
Stress hardiness is a pathway to resilience – the ability to remain healthy and strong during stressful and challenging times. Hardy individuals transform stressful circumstances into growth opportunities by reframing adversity and taking direct action in response to stress.
Bouncing Back from Adversity
This video of one of my positive psychology talks outlines the 3 components of stress hardiness: 1) Challenge, 2) Control, and 3) Commitment. Each a critical factor in cultivating the ability to bounce back and thrive under pressure.
Can Stress Hardiness be Learned?
Yes! Research demonstrates that not only can stress hardiness be learned, it has wide-ranging applications, including: 1) lowering test anxiety in high school students, 2) reducing perceived stress in college students, 3) protecting against war-related stress in Army Reserve forces, and 4) improving resilience and coping skills in stressed out professionals.
How do you shift from a negative -> positive mindset?