Resilience Skills Tipsheet

By Amy O’Neill, MS, LPC:

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When something challenges you at the core what you learn is that you can’t just bounce back…


  • Be Open and Adaptable to a new way of going through adversity
  • Be Flexible in your thinking! Flexible thinkers move through adversity with more ease
  • Connect, Connect, Connect – Breaking your silence with others that have been through a similar challenge is very healing
  • The Language of survival is universal so you are not alone! When you connect with others that understand the journey you will find understanding with the group members
  • It is NOT a weakness to ask for HELP!
  • Mindset matters! The way you think about things directly impacts how you feel – use neutral language. Leave “why me” behind it will never help you
  • Adversity is normal. It is just hard sometimes.
  • Adopt the mindset that you are going through something, not getting over something. You brain doesn’t allow you to just forget about things that need to be acknowledged.
  • Sometimes we will have to TRANSFORM as a result of our trauma.
  • Believe that you are capable of going through something unimaginable and that you will make it to the other side