Roadmap to resilience | Giving you strategies to grow resilient and better cope with stress

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Who can forget our nation’s most recent ‘black summer’— bushfires that began in June 2019 and surged uncontrollably during December and January. Over 18.6 million hectares of bush was engulfed, along with 5,900 buildings (including 2,779 homes) and close to 480 million mammal, bird and reptile species. By early March, when NSW’s fires had died back to dark scars and Victoria’s were contained, it had also claimed 34 lives.

We concurrently battled floods and an emerging global pandemic—the out of left-field final in a truly unprecedented trifecta. It’s been a strange few months that have heavily taxed our individual and collective fortitude. We’ve coped as best we can with the unpredictable, but many of us now feel depleted and question our ability to cope with what may come next.

Why Resilience Matters

Resilience—our ability to quickly adapt to negative life events—is a dynamic process that changes over time and cements with experience. It’s not an emotion; I doubt we ever feel resilient. But it is a mindset that expertly sustains and guides us through inclement times.

No one is born with resilience, it’s forged by choice. When mature, resilience bolsters us to navigate unexpected storms and gives us a way to make good decisions when the state of thinking clearly feels elusive.

Building Res