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Emotional resilience is what helps us bounce back after difficult experiences. If you too many days that you do not feel emotionally tough enough, emotional resistance is a skill that you can develop to get through some of the stressful of times more comfortably.

What Are the Benefits of Becoming More Emotionally Resilient?

1. Have greater contentment.

  • Hard times is to be expected along life’s journey, but we can control our emotional reactions.
  • By putting the better face on things, we are able to the opportunities for learning and growth that come with each challenging situation.
  • A positive attitude also helps us recover from disappointments more quickly.

2. Keep moving toward your goals.

  • Complications will arise throughout life.
  • Learning to be more flexible makes it easier to accept the current circumstances and overcome the obstacles that arise on our paths.
  • For instance, if one scholarship does not come through, explore other options for financing your education.

3. Build up your relationships.

  • People are naturally drawn to happier people.
  • We are much likely to have more harmonious relationships if we can keep up our spirits.
  • By contrast, depression often makes other people feel like moving away from us.

4. Work on self-esteem.

  • Becoming more adaptable helps us accomplish more.
  • In turn, those accomplishments and healthy relationships will help you feel more confident.

5. Always act responsibly.

  • Under fire, it may feel tempting to engage in activities that can cause us future harm.
  • Emotional resilience helps us to keep our composure and makes us less prone to saying something that we will probably regret later.

6. Watch over your physical health.

  • Chronic stress can increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many other conditions.
  • Cultivating a calm mind helps your immune system keep you healthy.
  • Studies show that managing stress can even help you maintain your cognitive functions as you continue to age.

“Days and days of unprocessed information builds up. It creates brain fog so thick that no more thoughts can get in. I can’t process anymore. I shutdown.” Tina J. Richardson

How to Become More Emotionally Resilient:

1. Know why you are here.

  • It is a huge undertaking, but discovering your purpose in life is fundamental to your ability to navigate life’s challenges.
  • Some people find meaning in their faith traditions and others define it in more secular terms.
  • Whatever approach you take, being on a mission keeps you motivated.

2. Set SMART goals

  • Set completely realistic goals and make specific plans to achieve them.
  • Many things are well beyond our control, but smart planning can enhance our stability.
  • Set goals that you can achieve and break them down into do-able steps.

3. Be mindful your emotions.

  • It is all too easy to get swept away by strong emotions.
  • If you can be mindful of what you are feeling, you can give yourself room to evaluate the situation before reacting or over-reacting.
  • Rather than engaging in an exchange of angry remarks, acknowledge that a co-worker’s criticism in front of colleagues embarrassed you and look for a constructive solution to the situation.

4. Patience and Persistence.

  • Make a commitment to yourself to see things through to completion, even when difficulties arise.
  • For example, if you get turned down after one job interview, shift your energies to the next opportunity.

5. Slow your roll.

  • Often, we can get more done simply by slowing down.
  • Lack of sleep or perpetual multi-tasking causes stress to build up.
  • Give yourself a break to refresh your mind.

6. Ask for help.

  • Do the work to make it easier for your loved ones to offer you support.
  • Practice asking for help in a respectful manner while being specific about what you need.

7. Share.

  • The more you give to others, the more likely they are to reciprocate in your time of need and the better you will feel about yourself.

“We all have scars; both inside and out. Use your experience to support those who are going down the same road of destruction you once went down. Know that your past is worth more than the pain you once carried, because it can now be used to comfort and give strength to another soul who is suffering. Cherish your trials and tribulations as gifts; embrace these opportunities to share the grace you have been given.”
Katie Maslin

Emotional resilience is a robust resource for accomplishing more in life and experiencing greater contentment.

Protect your physical and emotional health by learning healthy ways to adapt to challenges.

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