RESILIENCE

Resilience & Coping

Throughout the healthcare journey you may hear a lot of people refer to your child as resilient. You may wonder what that means or how you can make that stronger in your children, spouse or even yourself.

Throughout the healthcare journey you may hear a lot of people refer to your child as resilient. You may wonder what that means or how you can make that stronger in your children, spouse or even yourself.

Why is resilience important?

When your child receives a diagnosis it can be a very stressful time for your family. Your lives can change suddenly and you may worry how you and your family will get through this difficult time. Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from a stressful situation, including a diagnosis or treatment of an illness or injury. Building resilience in yourself and your child will result in better coping during this stressful time as well as future challenges.

How can I help build resilience in my children as well as myself?

When looking at resilience, experts focus on three factors:

Attachment/Relationships  –   ability to create and maintain positive connections with others

Initiative  –   ability to think and take the steps needed to meet their needs without the help of others

Self-Regulation/Self Control  –  ability to adjust feelings, thoughts, etc. in order to handle a situation in a healthy manner

Why is resilience important?

When your child receives a diagnosis it can be a very stressful time for your family. Your lives can change suddenly and you may worry how you and your family will get through this difficult time. Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from a stressful situation, including a diagnosis or treatment of an illness or injury. Building resilience in yourself and your child will result in better coping during this stressful time as well as future challenges.

How can I help build resilience in my children as well as myself?

When looking at resilience, experts focus on three factors:

  1. Attachment/Relationships  –  ability to create and maintain positive connections with others
  2. Initiative  –  ability to think and take the steps needed to meet their needs without the help of others
  3. Self-Regulation/Self Control  –  ability to adjust feelings, thoughts, etc. in order to handle a situation in a healthy manner

  

Tips to promote your child’s resilience
  1. Create and maintain routines or schedules.
  2. Set aside some time to do a family activity or talk about each other’s day.
  3. If possible, try to eat meals together.
  4. Look for the positive things in their lives- “We are stuck in the hospital for the holiday but our family was able to visit and we could all be together.”
  5. Offer realistic choices- “Would you like to go to the playroom, watch a movie or take a nap while you are getting your IV medicine?”
  6. Use encouraging words like “You did it”, “You almost did it”, “Keep trying”.
  7. Practice ways that your child can calm themselves down when they are upset like deep breathing or visualizing their favorite place.

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