“Emotional resilience is the ability to manage and cope with stressors — big or small — and remain equanimous, or balanced,” according to Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, a psychotherapist in Sharon, Ontario, Canada.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t experience raw, painful emotions. You do. However, those emotions don’t wreak havoc on your life, she said.
Emotionally resilient people “roll with the punches.”
They don’t let punches “knock them off their feet, and when they do get knocked off their feet, they get up with less difficulty, and more quickly.”
Emotional resilience is imperative.
It’s hard to live your life when you’re constantly rocked by your emotions, she said.
For instance, it sabotages your relationships. According to Van Dijk, people who are less emotionally resilient tend to have tumultuous relationships because their emotions spill over into their interactions.