In a rapidly changing world, people will increasingly be challenged by new and unthought of adversities.

It will be important to nurture a resilience in people, which allows them to survive change and adversity.

Resilience is the ability to survive in the face of adversity and challenges.

Hope is an important part of resilience, and people who have dreams and goals are more likely to ‘keep on going’ than people who don’t have a hopeful idea of the future. Encourage young people to map out their goals for the future and how they plan to get there. This can be a great activity to do together at strategic times, like the beginning of the year or term. Vision Boards and Maps are wonderful tools for doing this. Making Lists becomes the way that we make these goals come true, and getting children into the habit from as young as possible to use Lists and markers is very useful in helping them get things done.

Encourage young people along the way, especially when times are tough and challenging. Say uplifting and motivating things, which will become  an internalized voice that  they will start to hear even when you are not around. Affirmations are encouraging phrases, which are also a powerful way of encouraging ourselves in times of doubt and stress. Share encouraging affirmations with children, and practice using them together.

Promote resilient behavior by:

  • Setting goals.
  • Having projects.
  • Taking the time to break projects down into steps.
  • Keeping lists.
  • Encouraging one another.
  • Finding ways to motivate one another – words, notes, rewards.
  • Encouraging everyone to find their own personal way of motivating themselves.
  • Asking for help when you need it.
  • Encouraging and rewarding help-seeking behavior.