Building Resilience

Campus Coronavirus Updates

Visit the University of Iowa coronavirus website for the latest information about COVID-19 and the university's response. For help managing the impact of the crisis, find resources on stress, coping, and support.

Resilience is the process of adapting in the face of adversity or significant stress. It is a set of skills that can be developed by intentionally changing thoughts and behaviors.

The American Psychological Association has identified evidence-informed strategies to navigate challenging times:

  • Make connections
  • Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems
  • Accept that change is a part of living
  • Move towards your goals
  • Take decisive actions
  • Seek opportunities for self-discovery
  • Nurture a positive view of yourself
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Maintain a hopeful outlook
  • Take care of yourself

Featured Resilience Videos

In response to the growing uncertainty and heightened stress during this unprecedented time, we have created several new videos to help you navigate. Find additional video resources from liveWELL and its wellness partners.

Top Ten Ways to Build Resilience

Megan Hammes reviews proven strategies for building resilience in the face of challenge and change.


Resilience and Self-Care During COVID-19

Building resilience to face tough times.

Mindful Moment

Taking a "mindful moment" is a quick, effective way to practice self-care.

Download free "Mindful Moment" companion handout here.

Staying Active

Brief, easy periods of physical movement throughout the day can enhance resilience.

The Resilient Leader

Dealing with Conflict

The Purpose of Purpose


Sprinkles of Self-Care

Emotional Well-Being

Emotional Intelligence

Positive Self-Talk

Personal Sustainability

Emotional Awareness: Honoring Your Emotions

Coping, Problem-Solving and Communication

Research and Resources

Campus Resources

Contact Information


Campus Address
Mailing Address

E119 Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
309 South Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242-2010
United States