How resilient are german youngsters?

Resilience becomes icreaingly important in times of crisis. How are german youngster handling this right now?

Carolin Lensing
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In times of crisis, a certain characteristic continuously emerges - resilience. In general, this describes a person's mental toughness, i.e. the ability to survive difficult life situations without lasting impairment. Resilient people are considered cheerful, balanced, creative and adaptable.
This ability is especially emphasised in times like these and is primarily demanded of a generation, the youth. BitBurst Research has now asked German youth about their experiences with their own psychological resilience and current problems in the Corona crisis.
To begin with, we asked the participants to assess their own resilience. On a scale of 0-6, young Germans rated themselves on average at 3.5, slightly above the mean (standard deviation 1.5). A full 10% ranked themselves at the highest level of resilience.

53% of the respondents stated that the Corona pandemic had worsened their ability to motivate themselves. Thus, their ability to motivate themselves was generally lower. Only 13% said their ability to motivate themselves had increased. They find it moderately easy to motivate themselves in the areas of work, sports, household chores, maintaining social contacts and healthy eating.

Certain strategies help to motivate oneself in everyday life. The most popular ones are:
- Setting concrete goals (54%)
- A regular daily routine with fixed times (45%)
- Rewarding oneself (41%)
- Scheduling breaks (35%)
- Spending less time online (23%)

When it comes to well-being, similar trends can be found. Here, too, 51% of respondents said their well-being had generally decreased as a result of the Corona pandemic, while it had increased for only 9%. For this purpose, we investigated the influence of different factors on one's own well-being. Continuous lockdowns and learning/working from home in the home office have a negative influence on their own well-being.

Young people draw the most strength from the following factors during this time:
- Family and friends (62%)
- Thoughts about the future (11%)
- Faith/religion (9%)
- Work/occupation (8%)

We all hope for a normalisation of our everyday life soon. Young people in particular miss the opportunities to express themselves in their social environment. 53% of the participants believe that their psychological well-being and motivation will recover after the pandemic, 10% do not believe so. The remaining 38% are still unsure.
This is an important stage for society to help restore the young generation´s motivation and well-being!