The Five Pillars of Personal Resilience

Two main factors contribute to an individual’s resilience – their emotional response to stressful stimuli and their perception of adversity.

Managing stress healthily and productively teamed with seeing stressful situations as an opportunity to learn or improve displays a high level of personal resilience.

But on the other side, a quickly triggered emotional response and the attitude that any inconvenience means the world is conspiring against you can lead to stress, anxiety and depression.

So how do we build our personal resilience?

In our ‘Building Personal Resilience’ Workshops, the starting point is five pillars. These five pillars provide the essential infrastructure for your emotional resilience. By examining each, in turn, to see if we can strengthen them, we can begin to build confidence in ourselves and react to stress more constructively. The five pillars are:

Physical Health

Looking after our bodies seems like the easiest thing we could do. Yet, when we are caught up in stress and high levels of negative emotion, looking after our physical selves can be the first thing to, unintentionally, go.

We all know that eating healthy, exercise and getting a good night’s sleep are the cornerstones of a healthy body and mind. But, by stopping to consider these elements and whether you are giving them the due care and attention they deserve, we can begin to spot dangerous patterns that may erode our resilience over time.

Emotional Wellbeing

This essential pillar is about so much more than just taking a break. It’s about looking at the way we take of ourselves emotionally every single day – not just at the times where our emotions get the best of us.

By considering the daily work you engage in to improve and maintain your mental health and the elements that may be missing, we can begin to build a picture of how you can add practices to your day that work for you. 

Inner Drive

What gets you up in the morning?

This question can have a significant impact on your daily life. The more focused we are on a goal, the more resilient we can become against challenges to reaching that goal.

By excavating our ambitions and goals and making a plan to work toward them, we can begin to build up our inner drive again and take the steps, no matter how small, toward making them a reality, building up our resilience in the process.

Future Focus

And speaking of goals.

Working toward what we want in life will throw up challenges along the way. It’s inevitable.

By building a healthy relationship with change and working on being more flexible and adaptable, we can keep our goals firmly in focus without being derailed by unexpected hiccups or even life-altering changes.


Though we are talking about personal resilience, having a support system in place can be the most effective way of keeping that resilience in check.

We’ve all had moments of doubt. Having family and friends looking out for us in those moments of doubt can keep us on the right track and remind us of why we are on the path we’re on in the first place.

Even a small network of trusted personal mentors and role models can significantly impact our emotional resilience. By providing honest feedback with no hidden agenda, we can get the reassurance we need to keep going or move in a new direction if necessary.

If you’d like to delve deeper into personal resilience and receive personalised, practical advice on how you can manage your emotions and change your perception of adversity, we’d love to hear from you.

Find out more about our ‘Building Personal Resilience’ Workshops.

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