Maintaining and Increasing Your Resilience Some stress is good for us. Most of us require challenging goals and at least some degree of pressure to fulfill our potential. It is also normal for our stress levels to rise as we cope with situations that are meaningful to us, especially when we experience periods of uncertainty, setbacks, or long periods of pressure. The concept of resilience is to keep our stress at a level that allows for optimal performance. Too little stress and we can experience decreased attention and interest. Too much stress and we can experience physical and psychological symptoms leading to weakened performance.