Resilience is defined as

An important aspect of wellbeing and mental health: the ability to cope with adverse circumstances, either as an individual or in a community.
Department for Health: ‘No Health without Mental Health’, 2011



Resilience describes the long-lasting and durable coping mechanisms people use to manage setbacks and adversity, both emotional and in everyday life. Developing resilience skills may involve psycho-education or goal oriented learning, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or wellbeing strategies, such as practising mindfulness.

Building our resilience helps us to respond to challenging circumstances, such as situations of high pressure or emotional intensity. It ensures that when faced with the inevitable difficulties of life, we are better equipped to cope with them.

Mindfulness-based therapies are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a method of building resilience. Bringing our attention to the seemingly simple things such as breathing, exercise, posture and meditation can have a significant impact on our ability to deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and everyday pressures.

Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest offers a range of services specifically designed to support you in developing your resilience.

Why not visit our Take a Pause page for a free mindfulness audio recording?

If you'd like to learn more about resilience, Mind's website has more tips to develop resilience.