Partners are completing the development of the Toolbox. Each one will develop several topics for each thematic field (Self-evaluation and Self-Reflection, Self-care, Handling digitalisation in VET, Addressing specific challenges).

Here you are an example of the Tool #11 that is part of the thematic field dedicated to Self-care.

The 7 Resilience Muscles

This concept has been developed by Linda Hoopes. It is based on the assumption that each of us have these seven muscles and that it is the level of strength we possess and how/when we make use of the muscles that dictates our overall resiliency. Together, they are there to help us manage stressful circumstances, change, and disruption in your life.

How will this tool benefit me?

Resilience helps us bounce back from challenges, but prosilience is about being proactive by considering self-care as being the foundation for our body and mind to withstand disruption and to recover well when it happens. Training your resilience muscles will help you prepare and adapt in the face of stress, adversity and difficulties.

Which are the 7 Muscles?

  • Muscle 1 is Positivity: it helps you interpret situations in a way that offers hope and possibility and is part of your resilience “core.” It is an important foundation for the other muscles.
  • Muscle 2 is Confidence: it provides you strength and courage to believe in yourself, take full ownership of a situation, and understand how your actions can make a difference to all.
  • Muscle 3 is Priorities: it focuses on what is important, staying on track, and delegating effectively. It also includes establishing boundaries and saying NO when necessary. By following the Priorities rules, you will be ready to navigate the changes in your life that cause you stress.
  • Muscle 4 is Creativity: this does not necessarily mean you should start drawing or painting! By building a solid Creativity muscle, you are better prepared to make better decisions based on fresh, innovative ideas.
  • Muscle 5 is Connection: it means reaching out, having a support network; but it also means asking for help when you need it. This muscle enables you draw on others’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy to help you deal with the challenges you face.
  • Muscle 6 is Structure: it includes systems, habits, and processes that allow decisions to be made fast and with high accuracy. This helps you plan, coordinate, and use your energy efficiently in facing challenge.
  • Muscle 7 is Experimenting: it allows you to work outside your comfort zone and try different approaches to any issue you face.

If you want to discover how to train these 7 Muscles stay tuned and don’t miss our Toolbox!