There are Five Levels of Resilience – Which Level Are YOU on?


Last Updated: March 24, 2023
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Ever notice how some people seem to be able to bounce back quickly no matter what happens to them? The ability to do this is especially helpful when change enters one’s life. And the ability to bounce back quickly, to adapt, and to thrive, is known as resilience. 

Why is resilience an important ability? Why is it something that is important to stay sane and positive amid change? Change is constant, and challenges can hit us out of the blue when we least expect them. At times, the pressure to do more with less seems to be a rule rather than an exception. Resilience helps us remain healthy and helps us to cope with these changes,  challenges, and pressure. 

Resilience is a crucial aspect of our lives that enables us to face challenges and overcome obstacles. Resilience is not a fixed trait; it is something that can be developed and improved with practice. 

If you don’t feel you are resilient or could be more resilient, all hope is not lost. In fact, there are five levels of resilience, each building on the previous level, that we can strive to achieve. Understanding these levels can help us identify where we are in our resilience journey and how we can continue to grow and develop. According to many experts, we are all capable of learning the skills that can help us become more resilient. So, which level of resilience are you on? Let’s explore the five levels and find out.

How to develop resilience?

Developing resilience can be both complex and personal. It involves a combination of inner strengths and external factors, and there isn’t a universal formula for becoming more resilient.

building resilience

A combination of factors contribute to building resilience, and there isn’t a simple to-do list to work through adversity. Resilience is also something that you develop over time. A positive sense of self awareness and confidence in your strengths can stave off feelings of helplessness in the face of adversity. 

Your supportive social systems, which can include immediate or extended family, community, friends, and organisations, can foster your resilience in times of crisis or trauma and support resilience in you.

What are the 5 levels of resilience?

Let’s see what the 5 levels of resilience look like.

Self awareness

Self awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

being mindful


Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Self care

Self care is unique for each person and can be understood in many different ways. In its simplest form, the term refers to our ability as human beings to function effectively in the world while meeting the multiple challenges of daily life with a sense of energy, vitality, and confidence. Self care is initiated and maintained by us as individuals — it requires our active engagement.

self care isn't selfish

Positive relationships

Positive Relationships are the people who support and care for us — and we care for them. One of the most profound experiences we can have in our lives is the connection we have with other human beings. By building positive relationships with others, we will be happier and more fulfilled and feel more supported, supportive, and connected. Positive and supportive relationships can help us  feel healthier, happier, and more satisfied with our lives.


Purpose is a recognition that we belong to and serve something bigger than ourselves. Our purpose helps to shape the mindset and attitude we have toward others and the events we experience. We can find purpose in our faith, family, a political party, being green, or being a part of an organisation.

In conclusion, resilience is an essential trait that helps individuals cope with life’s challenges and bounce back from adversity. By identifying which level of resilience you are on, you can take steps to strengthen your resilience and better navigate difficult times. Whether you are currently on Level 1, just starting your resilience journey, or on Level 5, a master of resilience, there is always room for growth and improvement. Remember, resilience is not about avoiding difficulties but rather about facing them with courage and determination. By developing your resilience, you can build a stronger, more adaptable, and fulfilling life. So, which level of resilience are you on, and what steps will you take to reach the next level? The choice is yours.

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