These modules are an introduction to some ‘resilient qualities’ and other concepts from our workshop. If you like our material, consider helping us foster resilience in young people by supporting the John Howard KidStart Mentoring Program.
Reaching out is the ability to take on new opportunities that life presents. People who see mistakes and challenges as learning opportunities usually find it easier to take risks and try new things. Reaching out is also about being accurate and realistic about how much we can cope with and being able to ask for help when we need it.
Emotional regulation is about being in charge of our emotions enough to stay calm under pressure. When we are calm enough to express our emotions in positive ways, we are more likely to improve our situation.
Self-efficacy is the feeling of being effective in the world, making a difference and having an impact. Our experiences present us with opportunities to choose, and when our decisions are successful, we are more likely to have a sense of self-efficacy.
Impulse control is the ability to stop and choose whether to act on a desire to take some kind of action. When we avoid reacting emotionally, we improve our chance of a positive outcome in a situation.
Realistic optimism is the ability to maintain belief that a brighter future is possible. This is not about seeing only the positive things in life and turning a blind eye to the negative, but about seeing things as they are and working at creating the future you want to have.
Attachment is the relationship a child forms with their primary caregiver(s). It begins in early infancy when a child relies on their caregiver(s) to respond to their physical and emotional needs. When those needs are met in a consistent manner, the child feels safe and secure and has the foundation to move smoothly through the rest of the developmental stages.
Problem solving refers to being able to take a step back, assess a particular situation objectively and come up with a plan of action.
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and needs of another person; to “walk in their shoes.”
Belonging refers to a feeling that we are a part of something larger than ourselves. It is the feeling that we belong to a family, a network of friends, a country, a region, a community. When people feel they belong, it can lead to a more positive sense of self and make it easier to participate in society – easier to be successful.
Welcome to our R Life Modules. What can you expect to get out of them? Check out an introduction to everything by clicking “Launch” below.
Steve has some extra thoughts for us about our thoughts, our brains and how we handle adverse situations.
This module presents common obstacles that hinder resilience as well as strategies and concepts we can use when encountering them. It should take around 20 minutes to complete.
Letting Go This is a group activity for you to try! Needed Materials: Paper, pencils, people.