SMU Resilience Framework
The SMU Resilience Framework is premised on the belief that people can learn to "bounce back". Life will be inevitably present its challenges - some big, some small; some expected, some unexpected. SMU is committed to help faculty, staff and students foster resilience as it will enable us to not only manage and recover from, but also thrive, in the wake of life’s stresses and crises.
At SMU, we adopt a proactive approach towards holistic wellbeing through developing the skill of resilience in our students. The SMU Resilience Framework aims to empower students to take charge of their own wellbeing. By doing so, the University is not only improving the likelihood of student success, but also helping students find their footing to thrive and succeed, providing a pathway to a life of flourishing.
Your Wellbeing Matters!
At SMU, we adopt a proactive approach towards holistic wellbeing through developing the skill of resilience in our faculty and staff. The SMU Resilience Framework aims to empower faculty and staff to take charge of their own wellbeing. The Office of Human Resources & Faculty Administration (HRFA) has put in place various initiatives and resources for your wellbeing.
Your Wellbeing Matters!
There is no doubt that life can be tough! In Singapore and across the world, an increasing number of people are struggling with mental health concerns. As the world continues to grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the long-drawn battle has further exacted a toll on the mental health of people globally.
SMU Resilience Framework Dimensions
Intellectual resilience enables you to cherish intellectual growth and stimulation. You will have the intellectual curiosity to actively seek challenges to expand your knowledge and skills. More importantly, when faced with obstacles, you will apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to determine appropriate courses of action.
Physical resilience focuses on the state of your physical body. It entails taking personal responsibility for and care of your body, understanding your body’s warning signs and appreciating the relationship between exercise, nutrition as well as sleep and how your body performs.
Emotional resilience involves the capacity to recognise and manage your feelings, including the realistic assessment of your limitations and ability to cope effectively with stress. With a higher degree of emotional resilience, you are better able to calmly handle the stresses in daily life without being overwhelmed.
Social resilience refers to your capability to foster, engage in and sustain positive social relationships and to endure and recover from stressors that come with interacting with others. Socially resilient individuals are comfortable in their own skin, value diverse perspectives, and are able to relate, interact and communicate effectively with others.
Career resilience refers to your ability to anticipate, adjust and adapt to career changes as they occur. Developing career resilience means taking charge of your own career trajectory, anticipating potential challenges, and continuously developing new skills for the future of work.
Financial resilience helps you build a firm foundation for your financial well-being – both in the short and long term. Having financial resilience means you are in control of your finances and have the ability to withstand life events that impact one’s income and/or assets, giving you the freedom to live a more meaningful life!
How well are you?
Take this quiz to check in with yourself. Find out where you currently are in your state of wellbeing and what you can do to feel better.
* Disclaimer: This self-assessment tool should not be used for diagnostic purposes.