Families who can cope with big and small stressors have resilience. Resilience often comes from resources such as faith, humor, supportive relationships and problem-solving skills. It helps us give our kids the nurturing care they need even when times are tough.

Recognizing your resilience

  • What are your areas of strength?
  • When you are under stress, what is most helpful to you?
  • How do you celebrate and recognize your family’s race, culture, history and traditions?
  • What are the actions that help you cope with everyday stress?
  • What are some ways that you have protected your children from stress and its negative impacts?

Building resilience

  • Get regular exercise.
  • Celebrate your successes. Encourage yourself and your kids.
  • Take a quiet walk.
  • Look for the humor in the situation. Laugh.
  • Listen to your favorite music.
  • Meditate or pray.
  • Do a mindfulness exercise.
  • Keep a journal. Write down the things that are bothering you. Write down the things for which you are thankful.
  • Talk with a trusted friend.
  • Forgive others and yourself.
  • Rest. Make sleep a priority.
  • Remind yourself that you can get through this.
  • Go somewhere that is new to you. Remove yourself from your stressful environment even if it is just a little while.

Learn more about protective factors for your family.