Stress & Grief

What is resilience?

Good question! Resilience is our ability to bounce back from the stresses of life. It’s not about avoiding the stress, but learning to thrive within the stress.

Our productivity over the past 20 years has soared, and with this increase in productivity has come an increase in our stress levels. We may sacrifice accuracy and thoughtfulness for immediacy. Our work–life balance has plummeted and burnout is being felt by many individuals.

Learning to live a more resilient life has numerous benefits including:

  • Decreased depressive symptoms & increased emotional well-being
  • Improved working memory
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved relationships
  • Improved coping when we experience emotional disruptions

Using the five pillars of resilience is a way to reframe our thinking so that we can see ourselves and the world around us in new ways. We can experience the positive benefits that are a part of living our lives from a place of “wholeness.”

For more information about CentraCare Health's Bounce Back Project, visit