Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Resilience

We are living in and through unprecedented times. COVID-19 has brought about a great deal of uncertainty surrounding so much of our daily lives. What used to be “normal,” may now feel uncomfortable and unknown. COVID-19 has impacted individual experiences of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that we might not have imagined and more specifically affected the BIPOC community disproportionately.

The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the BIPOC community is just one example of the racial injustice and tragedies that continue to affect people of color in our communities. These events reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic racism across our nation, and while these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic of racism may be connected with a range of losses such as the loss of loved ones, loss of financial security, loss of connection, loss of sense of self, loss of support, loss of internships, or even the loss of a “typical” summer. Grief reactions are to be expected and can vary greatly, in terms of duration, intensity, and experience of emotions. It is important to be patient with yourself as you experience a range of emotions, and keep in mind that it’s normal for significant dates, holidays, or other reminders to trigger feelings related to loss. Taking care of yourself, seeking support, and acknowledging your feelings during these times are ways that can help you cope. With time and support, we can begin to heal.

What is Resilience?

Resilience Main Page Video from Loyola Counseling on Vimeo.

Why is Resilience Important?

People who practice these three components of resilience often report more meaningful relationships, increased self-compassion, and increased life satisfaction. Although these individuals are not immune to stress, they tend to experience life’s challenges as less overwhelming. 

What You Can Do

  • To start, select a quiz below to see how resilient you are! We also have a range of quizzes to help you assess your stress and quality of life; 
  • Go through the website and read more about the various aspects of resilience;
  • Watch the videos to gain new perspective on these topics and;
  • Lead a discussion or event associated with the public health campaign

Journal Prompts for Reflection

  • What does resilience mean to you? How do you see it benefiting your life? 
  • What makes you feel “stuck”?  
  • How resilient are you when it comes to handling difficult situations? 
  • How do you handle stress and difficult feelings? 
  • What helps you stay “in the moment” rather than getting caught up in the past or future? 
  • What changes can you make in your life to be more resilient?