Resilience is a person’s ability to cope with adversity and stress. Everyone experiences setbacks and challenges from time to time. Sometimes, they’re hard to cope with. The ability to recover from setbacks and adapt to change is an essential skill within life, your career and your business. You need to have the right mind-set to see failure as a stepping stone to success.

The skills and abilities required to be resilient come naturally to some people but these traits and behaviours can be learnt; resilience is a state of mind.

5 Tips for building resilience

1. Accept that things in life WILL change
Accept situations that you cannot change and focus on what you do have control over.

2. Don’t view problems as insurmountable
Stressful situations will happen, it’s inevitable, you can’t change what happens to you but you can change the way you react to it.

3. Build a support network
Make sure you have the right people around you, whether that’s family, friends or colleagues. Know who you can call on when you need help and advice and don’t be afraid to ask for it.

4. Develop confidence in your abilities.
Don’t focus on what you are not so good at, identify your strengths and call on them when you are faced with challenges.

5. Look after yourself
Make sure you get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet and ensure your get some enough me time so that you can unwind and relax – yoga and meditation are both great for this.

Numerous psychological studies have shown that people who meditate regularly are on average happier and more content with their lives. It’s these positive emotions that are linked to living a longer and healthier life.