Join Tatiana Kolovou for an in-depth discussion in this video Building your resilience threshold, part of Building Resilience.
- Once you identify your current level of resilience, your goal should be to raise your threshold and become better prepared for future stressful events. Years ago, the psychologist Charles Spielberger described two ways people respond to external stressful stimuli. State anxiety is the level of stress our body develops in a given moment in time, and trait anxiety is the intensity of anxiety we generally experience. For example, we all know people who are edgier or seem more uptight than others, and according to Spielberger, they would have a higher than average trait anxiety.
Yet given the right circumstances, they could be very relaxed, meaning their state anxiety was low. If we borrow the term "state" or "in the moment" to describe the level of resilience we can demonstrate in a specific occasion, we come to the core of this course. If you're participating in this course, you want to learn how to increase your state resillience and be better able to deal with tough situations. Let's look at another analogy to help us grasp this concept of raising your resilience level.
Athletes always train with a minimal threshold they need to reach. At times this threshold may be the highest level of effort they will need to achieve during an actual competition. So during training, they simulate conditions that they will train their heart, lungs, and entire body to be ready for the actual event. You need to train to practice raising your resilience threshold and be able to cope and thrive in the face of true adversity. In a sense, you're training your state level of resilience to eventually raise your trait level of resilience.
This threshold raising training involves five very specific skills. These five training activities will help you be better prepared for facing a stressful event. So let's look at them individually in the following movies. And for everyone, I have designed an activity for you to follow along in the exercise files.