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How do people deal with difficult situations and events that change their lives? Upheaval and moving from one location to another, especially changing cultures, is physically, emotionally and mentally draining. Resilience is the process of adapting and “bouncing back” quickly from disruption and difficult experiences. During times of ambiguity and change, resilience is also a trait that helps employees and family members effectively manage change, both professionally and personally.

Some characteristics of resilience include: positive world view, positive self concept, focused sense of purpose, flexible thinking, social flexibility, organizing ambiguity, and proactive experimentation. (See Reference 9)

Ten (10) Tips for Resilience when Moving (See Reference 10)

  1. Make connections - Keep in touch with family, friends, and others. Connecting with people provides social support and strengthens resilience.
  2. Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems - you can’t change the fact that stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events.
  3. Accept that change is a part of life - certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations, but accepting that circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.
  4. Move towards your goals - develop some realistic goals. Ask yourself, “What’s one thing that I can do today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?”
  5. Take decisive action- act on adverse situations as much as you can.
  6. Look for opportunities for self-discovery - people often learn something about themselves and may find that they have grown in some respect as a result of their struggle with loss.
  7. Maintain a daily routine - keeping up with your daily routine of work, errands, household chores, and hobbies provides you with a feeling of stability. Sticking with a routine can be comforting to your children as well.
  8. Take care of yourself - make time to eat properly, exercise, and rest. Schedule time for things you enjoy, such as hobbies and social activities. Caring for yourself and having fun will help you stay balanced and enable you to better deal with stressful times.
  9. Nurture a positive view of yourself - recall the ways you have successfully handled hardships in the past. Draw on these skills to met current challenges. Trust yourself to solve problems and make appropriate decisions.
  10. Maintain an optimistic and positive outlook - maintaining this outlook will enable you to see all the good things in your life and keep you going. There are positive things in everyone’s life, such as good health, a comfortable home, and strong friendships. Taking time to identify and appreciate them will enhance your outlook.


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