EQ Resilience Scale

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What is resilience?

In today’s increasingly busy world, we are under pressure to perform, to handle more, to always be at our best. Simply put, life is stressful and commonly full of personal and occupational challenges that can affect mental health and well-being. However, it is equally important to recognize that life without activity, without stress, is not in fact living. Stress is a necessary component for biological rhythms and important to attain a life that is productive and rich in psychosocial experience (Selye, 1981). A life without stress is not really alive.

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Nearly half of North American employees struggle with a variety of aspects of stress from work, family and social demands, physical illness, poor sleep, lack of physical activity, and low mood.

Resilience is typically defined clinically as the process of adapting well to adversity, trauma, challenges, or other significant sources of stress in one’s life (www.apa.org). Stress comes in many forms, from relationship problems to intense physical exercise, to health issues, poor sleep, workplace demands, or financial stressors. Resilience involves overcoming (i.e. “bouncing back” from) these difficult experiences and is generally accompanied by profound personal growth or performance improvement . To sustain such growth and development, stress must be matched with recovery. Thus, there is a need for individuals to understand their level of stress and to actively seek elements of recovery in order for there to be a healthy balance.

Stress and recovery need to exist in a balance where depleted resources during stressful episodes or events are adequately restored in recovery phases. This equilibrium or balance enables the realization of the full functional physical, psychological, and social potential of the individual.

The role of EQ Resilience

The EQ Resilience questionnaire contains 37 questions. These measure various aspects of stress and recovery using psychological assessment tools that have been clinically utilized for over 2 decades. 

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The EQ platform then uses an evidence-informed algorithm to determine a Resilience score, represented by a colour, to help paint a picture or video of your resilience through time. This measurement over time is important, as it allows you to manage you to finding your best recovery path. Actually implementing your recovery is a task that requires self-informing objective assessment and then self-actuation. Once an equilibrium of stress and recovery are attained, then the depleted resources during stressful periods can be adequately restored. This recovery is an active process of restoring, regenerating, recuperating, reviving, and repair.

The importance of recovery

The key to maintaining equilibrium and therefore performance,  is regularly monitoring one’s stress and recovery and actively taking steps to maintain the balance between them on a daily and weekly basis: 

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Getting better sleep, practicing mindfulness, eating better, reading for enjoyment, listening to music, expanding a social network, etc. As identified earlier, Stress is an important part of living but when a person experiences stress, one of the more important features of psychological and biological functioning needs to occuractive choices of recovery to achieve equilibrium. Athletic performance, intellectual performance, and social engagement all create stress and are key elements of a life fulfilled. However, while an excess of stress without balanced recovery may produce superior intellectual or physical results,  it is not sustainable beyond the short term. Recovery must be regularly sought out in order to sustain the performance that we aspire to achieve in our physical, intellectual, and social endeavors.

The 5 EQ Resilience assessment results

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Rocking It!

You’ve built your resilience and are challenging yourself significantly. Firing on all cylinders -way to go!

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Now’s the time

You are doing well in your strategies to balance your stress with recovery. You’ve built some reserves and because of this you have an opportunity to “push a little harder”. This is the time to look for opportunities, try new things or work on personal bests!

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Now's the time

You are doing well in your strategies to balance your stress with recovery. You’ve built some reserves and because of this you have an opportunity to “push a little harder”. This is the time to look for opportunities, try new things or work on personal bests!

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Room to grow

Stress is an important positive part of an active and fulfilling life. Productivity and success in academics, athletics, workplace, and relationships means trying your best, and this creates stress. You’ve built an excess of recovery and can now take on more with confidence. You need to consider new challenges and opportunities. It’s time to push yourself and see what you can do!

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High stress

Stress is becoming an increasing burden and you are not obtaining enough recovery time to balance this load. It is very important now that you actively seek ways to obtain more recovery in order to achieve a better balance. While you continue to push and achieve, you must pay more attention to having personal time where you can replenish your reserves. It might be helpful for you to consult a healthcare practitioner on recovery strategies best suited to you.

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Overstressed

You are in a significant stress state. It is important to start balancing this by actively seeking more opportunities for recovery. Recovery can come in many forms: time with friends or family, meditating, or simply going for a walk in a natural setting. If this persists for more than two weeks, you should also consider speaking with a healthcare professional.

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Overstressed

You are in a significant stress state. It is important to start balancing this by actively seeking more opportunities for recovery. Recovery can come in many forms: time with friends or family, meditating, or simply going for a walk in a natural setting. If this persists for more than two weeks, you should also consider speaking with a healthcare professional.