Resilience in life is as important as life itself. It is Resilience that helps us to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises and bounce back stronger.


When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Challenges, difficulties and issues are present in everyone’s life, you can’t escape them.  You can do two things when you have such problems ahead of you – run away from it or face it. If you run away the problems will haunt you and chase you. So be man enough to face them and show them who stands tall.  Often, we are told by friends, ‘Be strong, you’ll get through this’, or ‘You need to be more resilient’ but what does being resilient really mean? This post on resilience in life aims to tell you what it is and why it is important for a meaningful life/

What is Resilience in Life?

Being resilient means being able to adapt and bounce back when you face difficult situations in life. Simply put, it’s the ability to pick yourself up after a traumatic experience in life. It can be anything like an accident, a failure in exam, a divorce, loss of someone close, health issues and the list is endless. It is an acquired strength that a human develops over time. And it is very important that we help ourselves to develop a certain level of resiliency to cope up with life. Let’s look at resilience as a psychological tool to help ourselves in moments after crisis.

Why is Resilience in Life Important?

When you are facing a difficult point in life you can only think of it getting worse, you going spiraling down – but in reality what you need to do is swim against the tide, find your balance and recover from the problem.

  1. Resilience helps us to maintain balance in life
  2. It protects us from adverse mental health difficulties
  3. Reduces risk taking behaviors – suicide, inflicting pain on self
  4. Reduces substance and alcohol abuse risk -such as excessive drinking, smoking or use of drugs.
  5. Increases involvement in community, family

How to Develop Resilience?

For any introspection to occur understand how you ended up in that situation. It gives you perspective to think.

  1. Make lifestyle changes
  2. Make time to spend with family and friends
  3. Develop interests and hobbies
  4. Try to relax – make time for yourself – that can be in form of music, walking, spa r even working out at the gym
  5. Read inspiring motivating stories of real people
  6. Asses balance of life – one area at a time
  7. Eat healthy balanced diet
  8. Be physically active
  9. Get good sleep at night
  10. Forgive yourself and resolve conflict with others. Forgiving is very therapeutic.

It is in human nature to develop resilience, no one can get stuck at one thing and lose the battle of life unless it is completely avoidable. There are many cancer survivors who are doing great work in their interests. There are amputees who are climbing Mt. Everest and taking part in Olympics, there are acid attack survivors who are running businesses and walking the ramp, there are Blind CEOs and makeup artists on Youtube! The battle is never lost if you make up your mind not to lose it.

I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Are you?

  1. Amazing Life
  2. Believe in Your Self
  3. Celebrate Life
  4. Dare To Dream
  5. Enjoy Life
  6. Freedom in Life
  7. Grow in Life 
  8. Hope in Life
  9. Inspire & Be Inspired
  10. Joy in Life
  11. Kindness in Life
  12. Love in Life
  13. Mindfulness in Life
  14. Needs of Life
  15. Optimism in Life
  16. Principles in Life
  17. Quality in Life
 Drop by my food blog Twinkling Tina Cooks where I am sharing 26 Dessert Recipes.


10 Comments on Resilience in Life – Step 18 to Leading a Meaningful Life #AtoZChallenge

  1. Amrita
    April 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Resilience and persistence are sisters.Its one of those qualities which help you make it in life.Teaching children to be resilient in front of adversities is important
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  2. Ravish Mani
    April 22, 2017 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

    Very inspiring post, Tina. It reminds me of George Patton’s quote: “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”

  3. Mayuri Nidigallu
    April 22, 2017 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    We all fall, that is part of life. The trick is in getting up, dusting yourself off and starting again, that is resilience. Motivating read, Tina.

  4. Anmol Rawat
    April 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Well said Tina. There’s one thing I would like to say. Reading your posts, I feel that I need a lot of improvements in me. There have been several posts (and I have even commented in those posts) where the key element was missing from my life or being overshadowed by me, myself. Should this be my new year resolution in December 2017? :p See I’m a procrastinator as well!

    • tinabasu
      April 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

      hahha, I am a master procrastinator Anmol, you can’t beat me in that. But that’s a good resolution – lets not wait till December how about mid year resolution?

  5. Pikakshi Manchanda
    April 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I absolutely loved this post. I could relate totally. Resilience is important. And the most important fact is learning to forgive.. the basic strategy to start accepting the fact that a bad thing has happened, and we need to forgive ourselves (or others involved), and try to rise above it. Life is precious, and a failure (however big or small) shouldn’t be something that deters us from exploring what God has given us.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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