Resilience

Resilience

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It’s a necessary skill for coping with the ups and downs of life and one of the key ingredients for success. When we apply resilience through a positive psychology lens, we learn not only how to bounce back, but how to bounce forward.

Having the skills to build resilience can minimise the effects of negative, stressful situations. These skills allow a young person to face challenges, learn from them, and develop ways to live a happy and healthy life.

Young people often face adversity and change, and it’s vital that they acquire the skills to cope effectively with these challenges. This resource has been designed to help students explore and develop the seven factors of resilience. It includes classroom activities and 5-minute wellbeing activities that can support students to build resilience.

Examples of challenges some young people may face where resilience skills are essential are:

  • physical illness
  • change of school
  • transitioning from primary school to high school
  • change in family make-up (divorce, break-up)
  • change of friendship group
  • conflict with peers
  • conflict with family
  • managing study workload.
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Classroom resources

Designed to be engaging and relevant to your students

Empathy

Empathy is the ability to recognise another person’s feelings, and to respond accordingly and respectfully. It’s understanding another’s emotions in relation to your own.

7-10

60 minutes

Connectedness and reaching out

‘Reaching out’ means placing importance on help-seeking behaviours through connections with other people. A resilient person has a range of friendship circles that reflect their different areas of social need.

7-10

60 minutes

Flexible thinking

To be resilient requires flexible thinking and the ability to see different perspectives. Flexible thinking allows for multiple solutions to a problem. Being able to develop an alternative plan (‘Plan B’) is a vital aspect of resilience.

7-10

60 minutes

Emotional awareness and self-regulation

Resilient people are able to identify their emotional experiences and control their emotional responses to external events. They are comfortable with their feelings and express a broad array of emotions.

7-10

60 minutes

Impulse control

We all have impulses to do and say things, but these impulses aren’t always in our best interest or helpful to others. Being resilient doesn’t mean ignoring these impulses, but it does require you to stop acting on every impulse that doesn’t serve you well.

7-10

60 minutes

Optimism

Optimism involves learning to think positively about the future, even when things go wrong. Optimistic people are happier and more engaged, succeed more often, and are better problem solvers.

7-10

60 minutes

Self-efficacy

Self-efficacy is using success in an area of your life as a personal reference point for ability, and then working on that to create further success, leading to a sense of personal achievement and belief in yourself.

7-10

60 minutes

Wellbeing Fives

Energise, refocus and develop wellbeing in your students in 5 minutes

Self-care hand

When students learn to look after themselves, it builds their self-confidence and helps them focus more on the positive things in their life. There are some steps students can take to encourage the habit of self-care.

7-10

5 minutes

Acceptance

A helpful way to cope with things that are out of our control is to practise acceptance. Instead of seeing ourselves as victims or our situation as negative, acceptance makes us feel empowered about the things we can do.

7-10

5 minutes

'My flatmate ate my leftover pizza' meditation

This guided meditation is designed to help students who are feeling frustrated about something to relax before they react.

7-12

5 minutes

‘I woke up early on the weekend’ meditation

This meditation uses the focused meditation technique to develop kindness and acceptance in a frustrating situation.

7-12

5 minutes

What's in a name?

Feeling part of a group and knowing the names of others in the group can enhance connectedness. This activity is fun and requires students to listen carefully to each other, helping them to feel part of the group.

7-10

5 minutes

My wifi is a piece of crap meditation

This fun meditation can help your students manage frustrations related to everyday problems.

7-12

5 minutes

Stop. Think!

Being able to control impulses and reactions to different situations is an important skill. This activity asks students to stop and think before they react.

7-10

5 minutes

‘Ways to chill for cheap’ exercise

Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. This activity provides students with an opportunity to discuss different low-cost ways to chill out.

7-12

5 minutes

Positive vibes

Resilient individuals are more likely to experience more positive emotional responses, including such things as happiness, serenity, optimism and joy, than negative emotional responses such as anger.

7-10

5 minutes