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Building resilience

Resilience is an inner strength that helps you bounce back after stressful situations. Developing resilience starts with practicing small changes in your outlook and actions.

Here are some tips for building resilience.

  • Accept that things change.
    • View change as a challenge rather than a threat.
    • Examine how and why you feel the way you do when things change.
    • Expect things to work out. You can't change what happens, but you can change how you feel about it.
  • See the big picture.

    Difficult experiences can teach you about yourself.

    • Look for things to learn. Look to the future, and ask yourself how the stressful event might help you.
    • Look for the positive in stressful experiences. Try to see the humor in tough situations.
  • Seek out people who make you feel better.

    Develop a strong support network. Build relationships that are solid and loving with your family and friends. Help them, and let them help you.

  • Believe in yourself.
    • Do things to gain self-confidence and build self-esteem. For example, list the things you've achieved in your life or that make you proud.
    • Look at all aspects of a problem, and brainstorm solutions. Ask friends for suggestions.
  • Take good care of yourself.
    • Do things that you enjoy. See a movie. Have a good meal. Laugh with your friends. Know what's important to you.
    • Relax your mind and body through techniques such as deep breathing and guided imagery.
    • Talk about how you are feeling, and manage your emotions.
    • Be thankful for the good you see around you.
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