Emotional resilience – what is it? And why should you care? Hopefully, I’ll be able answer those questions in this post, and leave you with some useful links and support services that anyone can find beneficial here at Warwick.
What is emotional resilience?
Emotional resilience is to do with how well you can adapt to stressful situations. Everybody experiences ups and downs, and emotional resilience is about how well each person can cope with them.
Why does it matter?
From a quick search in Google Scholar, it seems that lower emotional resilience can have adverse mental and physical effects on an individual. The lower someone’s emotional resilience is, the more likely they are to remain stressed, which can have repercussions in the short and long term.
One paper  says that individuals who have a more positive mindset in the face of life’s challenges (as compared to a negative one) have a better immune response, and are less likely to develop heart disease. Interestingly, this same paper states that people with higher amounts of positive emotion are generally more physically active. So – you might wonder – does this mean that exercising makes you happy, or that happy people exercise more? Well, evidence starkly seems to point to the former.
No one would want to be less emotionally resilient, given the choice – so the question is, how can you get better at it?
How can you get better emotional resilience?
The University of Warwick has an entire webpage on emotional resilience (in fact, if you just Google ’emotional resilience’, this page is one of the top links):
This page explains what emotional resilience is, how to practise mindfullness, and has a series of steps that can help develop it. I think a really important thing to remember is that emotional state is fluid; if you feel like you don’t have high emotional resilience right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn it back again!
The page also links to further pages for support, and mentions some good books to check out of the library!
Further links and support from Warwick:
The university can help with a whole multitude of things. The Wellbeing Support Services offer an entire webpage filled with an enormous list of links to self-help resources:
Additionally, every student has access to something called the ‘wellbeing portal’, which is essentially a site that gives you access to signing up to all the free wellbeing support the university offers. This includes everything from email therapy and face-to-face counselling to emergency needs and disability support:
Another website from the Wellbeing Support Services explains the different resources they have available to students and has links to each one:
Personally, I wasn’t aware of the scope of these services until someone actually mentioned it – so in case you also are a student/prospective student at Warwick, it’s good to know what help is available for whenever you might need it, and hopefully this post helps with that!
 M. Davis, “Building Emotional Resilience to Promote Health,” American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 60S-63S, 2009.
Another interesting paper: C. Hammond, “Impacts of lifelong learning upon emotional resilience, psychological and mental health: fieldwork evidence,” Oxford Review of Education, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 551-568, 2004.