The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.

Fortunately resilience can be learned and developed. My first year in Dubai has been pretty though (I’m not the only one I imagine): it has been very challenging adapting to a different lifestyle and “open up”. Here are a few practical ways I’ve started working on personally:

– socialize and make connections – participating in groups provides social support and helps with reclaiming hope. Accepting help and support strengthens resilience.

-avoid viewing problems as impossible – stressful things happen, you can choose how you view and respond to stress. Be aware of the little things that help you feel better.

-accept changes as part of life – accepting situations that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can change.

-move toward your goals – develop realistic goals. Do something regularly. Every small success helps you to move toward your goals.

-nurture a positive view of yourself – develop confidence in your ability to solve problems. Trust your instincts to help build resilience.

-maintain a hopeful outlook – an optimistic attitude enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Visualize what you want rather than worrying about what you fear.

-take care of yourself – pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Participate in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Taking care of yourself helps keep your mind and body prepared to deal with stressful sitautions.

And if you need some professional help in Dubai, I would recommend:


The LightHouse is a community mental health and wellness clinic providing quality psychological and psychiatric care to children, adults, couples and families. Located in central Dubai, The LightHouse brings together an international team of licensed psychologists and psychiatrists offering a range of treatments. The LightHouse is also home to the Raymee Grief Centre, which provides free grief support services to anyone living in the UAE.