Resilience – How to Bounce Back!
Part 2: My Resilience Plan
Step 6. A Current Difficulty
Think about a current difficulty or challenge that you are currently facing.
Step 7. Apply the Resilience Plan to the Current Difficulty
Given the social supports, strategies, sagacity, and solution-seeking behaviours that helped you last time, take a look at how you could use the same or similar resources to help you bounce back from this current difficulty you are facing (identified in the previous step).Read through your previously successful plan (Appendix A) and write down the skills, supports, strategies, and sagacity that could work again for you in the blank resilience plan template, Appendix B.
Allow some flexibility here in the sense that any certain type of social support/strategy/ sagacity/ solution-seeking behaviour could be tweaked according to your current situation, for instance going to your manager rather than a parent for support in the face of a work-related problem. An example of a completed resilience plan is shown below.
Step 8. Carry out your Resilience Plan
The next step is to put your resilience plan into action. To do this, consider the order in which to use your different supports, strategies, sagacity, and solution-seeking behaviours: which resource is most feasible to start with? Often the most feasible resource is the smallest step that you can take, such as calling your spouse/partner. On your resilience plan (Appendix B), place the number 1 next to the first resource you will use.
Then, continue to number your different resources in the order in which you would feasibly use them.
Then, go ahead and action your first resource, and continue to work through your resilience plan (in order) until you have overcome this difficulty.
Once you have come through the other side, please move on to the next step.