What is Resilience, and Can It Help Us Bounce Back From This? [self.com]


By Nina Bahadur, Self, May 28, 2020

We’re all going through some intense stress and anxiety right now, courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic affecting how we live, work, socialize, and move through the world. And experts say that, unsurprisingly, the pandemic could have a major effect on mental health long after it’s over, leading many of us to wonder how we can try to protect ourselves from the potential mental health fallout of living through this global health crisis.

“There’s a lot of grief because people are dying, and you can also have grief over identity lost,” George Bonanno, Ph.D., a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Teachers College and director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, tells SELF. “It’s a very stressful, anxiety-filled time.”

The idea of moving on from and even thriving after extremely difficult or traumatic circumstances may seem unfathomable, but it is possible. The process can be summed up in one word: resilience. When it comes to COVID-19 specifically, researchers say it's somewhat difficult to predict who will be resilient after pandemic-related trauma and who won't. As you may have heard time and time again, the situation is unprecedented, so we can’t yet know how every aspect of it—including resilience—will unfold.
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