What is emotional resilience? 

Emotional resilience is the core of how we operate. How we think, feel and act. It affects how we relate both to others and ourselves. It helps us maintain healthy relationships, maintain our mental health, achieve success and overall enhance our overall quality of life.

Emotional resilience is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Coping with adversity: Life is full of challenges, setbacks, and stressful situations. Emotional resilience enables individuals to effectively cope with these difficulties, bounce back from adversity, and adapt to changing circumstances. It provides the inner strength and resources needed to face challenges head-on, persevere through tough times, and maintain a positive outlook.
  2. Mental well-being: Emotional resilience plays a significant role in mental health and well-being. It helps individuals manage and regulate their emotions, reducing the risk of developing mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. Resilient individuals are better equipped to handle stress, maintain emotional balance, and experience greater overall psychological well-being.
  3. Building healthy relationships: Emotional resilience contributes to healthier and more satisfying relationships. Resilient individuals are better able to communicate their needs, handle conflicts, and maintain supportive connections with others. They are more understanding, empathetic, and adaptable, fostering stronger bonds and creating a positive social support network.
  4. Success and achievement: Emotional resilience is closely linked to personal and professional success. It enables individuals to persist in the face of challenges, learn from failures, and maintain focus on their goals. Resilient individuals are better equipped to handle pressure, make effective decisions, and navigate obstacles, ultimately increasing their chances of achieving their aspirations.
  5. Physical health: There is a strong connection between emotional and physical health. Resilience helps individuals manage stress and avoid negative coping mechanisms that can harm their physical well-being. By reducing stress levels and promoting healthy behaviors, emotional resilience contributes to better overall physical health and a strengthened immune system.
  6. Empowerment and self-confidence: Emotional resilience empowers individuals by instilling a sense of self-efficacy and confidence. When faced with challenges, resilient individuals believe in their ability to overcome them, which fosters a proactive and optimistic mindset. This sense of empowerment translates into increased motivation, productivity, and a greater willingness to take on new opportunities and challenges.


How can therapy help?

Therapy can play a significant role in building emotional resilience by providing a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore and gain insight into their emotions, thoughts, and experiences. We explore underlying causes of emotional struggles or patterns to help you understand the root causes of their challenges, facilitating the development of emotional awareness and self-understanding. It is an opportunity to process and heal emotional wounds from past traumas, losses, or challenging experiences. Through the attachment-based therapeutic approach, we can address unresolved emotional pain, promote healing, and build resilience in the face of adversity.

The therapeutic relationship itself serves as a source of support and nurturance.  Empathy, validation, and non-judgmental understanding create a secure base from which you can explore and process emotions. This positive and supportive relationship can serve as a model for healthy relationships, helping individuals develop stronger interpersonal connections and emotional resilience

Through these therapeutic interventions, individuals can build the skills, resources, and mindset necessary to navigate life’s challenges and cultivate emotional resilience.

Jo is an Attachment-based Psychotherapist who runs her private practice in Perth and works with clients worldwide. Jo also runs courses for expecting and new parents on supporting their children to create happy and secure attachments. Visit @ohheyparenthood on facebook to learn more.