The way you speak to yourself matters

A look at resilience

If you’ve made it to Wake Forest University, you’re resilient! You already have some awesome tools that have helped you overcome challenges and changes.

As you journey through college, there are some incredibly exciting and rewarding moments ahead as well as some challenging, disappointing, and confusing moments. College brings about many transitions, now especially, as we’re living in a world that changes by the day and even the hour sometimes.

Resilience is our ability to face those inevitable challenges and changes with grace. You might have heard people talking about resilience as “bouncing back”, “overcoming obstacles”, or “finding a silver lining” – resilience consists of a range of skills that improve as you practice.

ResilientWake Weekend Challenge

Feeling lonely?

The ResilientWake Weekend Challenge will take place on select weekends from September 11 through December 3! Join us as we discuss ways to help yourself become more resilient and develop healthy habits in the era of COVID-19 and online learning. Each challenge is designed to teach you skills to become more resilient through the weekend and beyond. Participants will receive a bingo card full of resilience activities and will earn a prize once they hit bingo. We’ll also post the challenges and follow up tools here so if you miss a weekend in real time, you can still participate in your own time.

Register for a weekend challenge for October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4.

ResilientWake Live

ResilientWake Live brings you connection and resilience skill building during a 10-20 minute livestream, post, or story that airs 3 days per week. You’ll find us on Instagram at 4p.m. EST for chats on specific skills to build resilience (ex: stress reduction and gratitude practices, grit and self-care and routines for a healthy lifestyle) interviews with students and other campus leaders, cooking demonstrations, fitness routines, art demos, talks about social justice, and more. Join us for the sessions you feel connect to your interests and needs.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for topics, interview nominations, or general feedback.

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ResilientWake Workshop Series

The ResilientWake Workshop Series is an opportunity for students to learn how to develop and integrate resilience skills into everyday life using a cohort model.

Each virtual Workshop session (facilitated by a staff member from the Office of Wellbeing or the University Counseling Center) is 1.25 hours long and builds on the session before – you must attend and engage in all four sessions (1 time per week for 4 weeks).  At the end of each session there is a challenge for the week based on the skills practiced that day and a check-in at the beginning of each session about how that challenge went for you.

More information coming 2021.

Get involved

ResilientWake Live

Season 3 has begun!

Weekend Challenge

Register for a weekend challenge

October 23

November 6

November 20

December 4

    Workshop session details

  • Workshop 1
    • What is resilience and what is it not?
    • What’s the difference between stress management and resilience?
    • The Resilience Continuum
    • Community Resilience Model Skills (trauma-informed, internationally researched model to create language and practices in communities to build resilience together)
    • De-stressing, mind-body skills practice
  • Workshop 2
    • What power do I have over my own thoughts and reactions?
    • Gratitude and the Negativity Bias
    • Reframing failure
    • Negative thinking traps
    • Processing, reframing, and self-compassion skills practice
  • Workshop 3
    • How can I have more meaningful connections with others?
    • How can I be there for my friends when they need me?
    • What is empathy and why should I practice it?
    • Self-expression, active listening, and effective communication skills practice
  • Workshop 4
    • Do you know your strengths and how to use them?
    • Can you name and amplify strengths you see in others?
    • Should you be managing your energy or your time?
    • Strengths, affirmations, and energy management skills practice
    • Create your resilience plan

“Resilience is cultivated in many ways, such as learning formal skills to reduce stress & anxiety and allowing yourself to enjoy activities that help you step back and recharge.”