Your Environment’s Impact on Resiliency

The way individuals recover from negative situations shows their varying levels of emotional resilience, but is that a trait people are born with or does a person’s environment have more of an effect on their resilience? I have found that when dealing with emotional resilience the only person who can convince you to overcome a situation is you. But even so, environmental factors play a big role.

No one can honestly say they have gone through their lives without set backs or challenges. However, it is not the setbacks or challenges which define us, but rather how we react and adapt to those challenges going forward that shape us. Bouncing back from these setbacks require a person to be mentally strong and to have secure and supportive relationships in their lives. Although only you can control how you handle a situation, the way the people in your life react to it can make it easier, or much harder to deal with. Having caring, trustworthy, and supportive relationships are so important to bolstering a person’s resilience.

When negative thoughts and emotions consume the way we think, we learn to rely on other people, not only ourselves, for support. Our inner thoughts and emotions can never be truly explained to other people but chances are they have felt a similar way before and these kinds of relationship where you realize you are not alone in your struggles are extremely important for your emotional resilience. “All of us need to begin to think in terms of our own inner strengths, our resilience and resourcefulness, our capacity to adapt and to rely upon ourselves and our families.” -Steven Pressfield