Resilience is the ability to overcome hard times. Many of us have our own personal story of how we overcame a difficult situation. In 2016, the Middlesex-London Health Unit had a contest asking our community to submit their own stories of resilience. Not only can it feel good to share your story, you can also help inspire others by sharing your story and letting others know they are not alone in their hardships.
Share your story
We would like to continue to encourage people to share their stories and thereby help to inspire others. A story about finding a silver lining in a difficult situation could help someone else to find their silver lining. A story about taking the first step forward from a troubling situation could help someone else to take their first step, making the second and third that much easier. Research has shown that two helpful actions to enhance resilience during times of high stress are:
Reaching out to your family, friends, and colleagues for their advice, assistance, and emotional support.
Trying to eat nutritious food, stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep and exercise.1
Whatever hardships you may be facing, know that you're not alone. Help is available.
Child and Youth Crisis Intake Team
If a child or youth is in crisis or requires counselling call the Child and Youth Crisis Intake Team at 519-433-0334 (ages 0-18yrs).
"The potential for resilience lives in everyone.”
(Barankin & Khanlou, 2007, p. 6)
Call Reach Out, 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, if you, a family member or friend (over the age of 16) are experiencing:
struggles with mental health or addiction
a situational crisis
thoughts of self-harm or harm to others
agitation and sleeplessness
severe depression or anxiety
symptoms of substance use withdrawal and needing support
Crisis resulting from a gaming/internet disorder or problem gambling
Read inspiring stories of overcoming hardship to help get you through your day. Words have the power to inspire. Below are some inspirational quotes to put around the house for daily inspiration.
"Learn how to stay optimistic, grow from adversity, & come out even stronger than you were before" - Unknown
"Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt by life" - J.K. Rowling
"Strength does not come from winning. When you go through hardships & decide not to surrender; that is strength" - Gandhi
"Fall down 7 times, get up 8" - Japanese Proverb
"The human capacity for burden is like bamboo-more flexible than you'd ever believe" - @jodipicoult
"I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" - J. Dean
"It always seems impossible until it’s done" - Nelson Mandela
"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - A. Hepburn
"Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles" - A. Karras
"Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" - N. Mandela
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." - Alcott
Date of creation: January 4, 2016 Last modified on: December 7, 2016
1Southwick, S. & Charney, D. (2012). Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges. Cambridge University Press, NewYork.