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How to build up resilience and learn to bounce back

18 June 2019

Team Girls is dedicated to fostering and promoting girls’ participation in sport. It’s about girls supporting girls, building up their confidence, and knowing they’re stronger when they stand together – on and off the court.

As we all know, life isn’t always smooth sailing. And for someone going through their teenage years, the sea of life can get pretty choppy at times, with lots of emotional ups and downs.

Resilience – that is, the ability to ‘bounce back’ from the tough times and keep on going – can be a good thing to have on board. But resilience doesn't come naturally and has to be built up over time.

Many factors play a role in developing resilience in young people. Here are just a few things to keep in mind that are positive parts of the process.

Check your stress

Everyone experiences stress, but it isn’t always bad. In small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. Managing stress is about making a plan to be able to cope effectively with daily pressures. The ultimate goal is to find a balance between life, friendships, relaxation and fun.

Know when to ask for help

One of the best things you can do when you’re having a difficult time is to talk to other people. It can be a relief to share your thoughts and worries with someone else, and they can often help you work out the best next steps.

Focus on your strengths

This one is fairly simple: focusing on the good things about yourself makes you feel good. Building and knowing your strengths means concentrating on your unique skills and talents, and then using these to your advantage.

Develop healthy relationships

People in healthy relationships love and support each other, help one another practically as well as emotionally, and are there for each other in good times and bad. Healthy relationships can increase your self-esteem, give you confidence, and support you to try new things and learn more about yourself.

Working on problem-solving skills and coping strategies

There isn’t a ‘right’ way to cope, but working on positive coping strategies can help you be resilient when times get tough. How we choose to manage stressful times can have a big impact on the outcome of the situation.

Life's a long and often challenging journey, for sure. Just remember that when you have resilience, or the ability to 'bounce back', you're more likely to travel well and go far.

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ReachOut is Australia's leading online health website for young people and their parents. Working with registered counsellors, psychologists and mental health professionals ReachOut provides online self-help tools that are used by over 1.5 million Australians each year. A valuable resource for many parents, teens and young adults.

If your child, or anyone you know is having issues with self-esteem, confidence or mental or physical health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

This content includes the views and opinions of a third-party, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Suncorp. Information is intended to be of a general nature only and any advice has been prepared without taking into account any person's particular objectives, personal situation or needs.

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