Student Health and Wellness Programs

June 2020 Stall Talk

Student Health and Wellness Programs

Stall Talk: Resilience

rih-ZIL-yunss • noun.
The ability to cope with and bounce back from stress, change and adversity.

Building Resiliency

Self-development & Resiliency
Learning to strengthen your ability to cope can help you adjust and navigate through life’s changes and challenges in a healthy way. People who can bounce back from stress are commonly described as "thriving" rather than "surviving", a testament to the role resilience can play in our lives.


  • Making time for quiet reflection, journaling, yoga and spending time in nature.
  • Cultivating opportunities for personal growth outside of school or work.

Attention and Focus
Training mental focus sharpens your awareness of the present moment, tuning out distractions and things that are not useful to what you are trying to accomplish in the moment .

Ways to train your brain to improve focus:

  • Avoid multi-tasking
  • Create lists and prioritize tasks
  • Unplug from your devices while studying or working.

Growth Mindset
Having a growth mindset helps to build resiliency by keeping you aware of your capability to grow through challenging situations. It helps to consider the belief that intelligence and characteristics can be developed and are not innate/fixed.

Look for the "brighter side" of things:

  • Reflect on a situation or experience and think about what opportunities and lessons can be taken from it moving forward.
  • By shifting the attention from discomfort towards growth you become more resilient.

Staying connected to others and avoiding self-isolation are the best ways to build resilience.

Build meaningful connections:

  • When spending time with others keep device use and distractions to a minimum, encourage others to do the same.
  • Be present with each other, and engage in active listening and sharing.

I kahiki ka ua, ako ʻē ka hale. (While the rain is far away, thatch the house.) - ʻŌlelo noʻeau

In an emergency:
Call 911 or
Campus Security:
(808) 974-7911 (x7911 campus phone)

Crisis Line of Hawaiʻi:
1-(800) 753-6879
(Available 24-hours, 7 days a week)

Hawaiʻi Crisis Text Line:
Text "ALOHA" to 741741

YWCA 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline:
(808) 935-0677

Counseling Services:
(808) 932-7465
SSC E-203

Student Medical Services :
(808) 932-7369
CC 212

UH Hilo CARE Team:
Christopher Holland , Dean of Students

UH Hilo Title IX Office:
Jenna Waipa
(808) 932-7642

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