The other reason many are handling things well is likely due to resiliency. Resilience is being able to adapt when faced with adversity, trauma, or other significant stressors. It is often described as being able to “bounce back” but also learn and grow from hardships. Resiliency includes being flexible, adaptable, and learning from experiences. While some people tend to be more resilient than others, resiliency is an ability that can be increased. Focusing on relationships, taking care of your physical and mental health, taking purposeful actions towards your own well-being or the needs of others, and using healthy patterns of thinking can all increase one’s resiliency.
Being resilient does not mean that people do not experience or suffer from stress or trauma, and it can be a process, so even the most resilient person can have a bad day or two before moving into a positive direction after especially difficult news or events.