How Do You Define Resilience?

Resilience is one of the personality traits that many people can gain through life experiences. “Bouncing back” is another term used to define resilience and this means to get up and continue on with our lives. With the uncontrollable happening in recent times, a lot of resilient people have been asking themselves “Can I come back from this”? Job loss, changes in every day routine and fear of the unknown can make resilience seem far-fetched but what if we shared that you CAN come back from anything? 

The Prevailing Woman had the opportunity to sit down with Psychotherapist and health professional, Letitia Huger-Hill, who shed some light on what it means to be resilient and how different times calls for different measures.

Letitia Huger-Hill is an NCCU alumna, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Community Agency Mental Health Counseling. After making the decision to pursue clinical mental health, the journey as a Senior Data Technician and Trainer for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center with the Development Epidemiology Program began. It was here where her skills for conducting assessments were developed and the passion for leadership and professional identity was instilled. Now, as the Founder and CEO of Positive Redirection PLLC,  Letitia has been providing supports for professionals to manage stress at work and home, meet career goals, as well as prevent and manage burnout and compassion fatigue. 

1. What are some characteristics of a resilient person? 

Some characteristics of a resilient person includes having a strong support network, a sense of optimism, healthy coping skills and understanding your strengths and areas of development.

2. Can you share with us three basic methods to ‘tap into’ our resilient mindset?  

Three basic methods of tapping into our resilient mindset would include understanding the needs of our environment through grounding activities, understanding how to be vulnerable so that we are able to express our need for support, and establishing healthy boundaries which allows us to prioritize our needs.

3. Why is mindfulness such a core principle in resilient people?  

So many people believe that mindfulness is about meditation, stillness, and quiet.  Mindfulness is a core principle in resilient people because it goes into the depths of who we are and how we navigate changes and manage stress.  Mindfulness allows us to be self aware and understand how to use our resources.

“Positive Redirection PLLC aims to improve personal and professional performance through assessing and coaching, using the principles of Emotional Intelligence.” For more information on how to connect with Letitia and her team, click here to learn more!

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