It’s far easier to be resilient when you’re in a strong place to start with. Looking after your emotional and physical health – and managing your relationships and finances – will put you in the best position to cope. It can also help to think ahead. For example having a Plan B in mind, in case Plan A doesn’t work out. By asking ‘what if I fail?’, you’ll have some idea of what to do if the wheels come off.
Resilience is also something that we can develop and deepen with experience. For example, criticism at work can sting at first. But we can learn to take it on board, accept it isn’t personal and use it to achieve more in the workplace.
It may help to think about the ways in which you’ve overcome past challenges. For example, if you’ve ever fallen behind in your studies and managed to catch up – what did it take to achieve this? Where did your motivation come from, and is that something you can draw on in the future? Try to remember the satisfaction you felt after weathering a storm – it can be a positive position to aim towards when you need to be resilient again.