Resilience and a positive mindset

Resilience can be best described as the ability to bounce back from setbacks. It's also about giving things a go and trying things outside your comfort zone.

It can be hard to keep going when things get tough, but there are ways of getting through to help you succeed. In this section, you'll learn some techniques to help you:

  • Stay positive and keep focused
  • Cope when facing a tough challenge
  • Make the most of your skills
  • Stay confident

We've come up with some hints and tips that will help you to develop your resilience, react more positively to challenges, and achieve what you set out to do.

Stay positive

Positive thoughts lead to a positive attitude and results. Positive people find a silver lining and try to see the potential in every challenge.

Set realistic goals

Make sure you plan ahead, think clearly about what you want to achieve and break tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

Be flexible

We can't always stop change, so see it as an opportunity to try something new, not a roadblock on progress.

Learn from your mistakes

Think about situations you've been in, remember your thoughts and feelings at the time and think about how you could have reacted more positively.

Develop your problem-solving skills

Come up with a list of ways to solve a problem and team up with friends, family, and teachers to decide on the best one. That way you're learning together.

Take a break

It won't help you to worry; take a step back or sometime away from the problem. When you come back to it things will seem clearer.

Have a learning mindset

Make the most of your knowledge, skills, and personal qualities. Keep building on them and continue to think about what you've learnt.

Where to go for further support

Don't forget that challenges are normal; they happen to all of us no matter how old we get. Make sure that when you do meet a challenge, you take time to think about how to approach it and what you can learn from it.

For further information and support the mental health charity Mind has some great information and support guides.

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