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5 key behaviors to make yourself resilient to stress

Self-awareness and resilience

Resilient people take the time to understand what they’re feeling, even if it’s uncomfortable.

To manage your emotions effectively, you must learn to express yourself clearly, assertively, and with empathy for others.

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5 key behaviors to make yourself resilient to stress

5 key behaviors to make yourself resilient to stress

https://qz.com/work/1570546/how-to-make-yourself-resilient-five-tips-for-handling-stress/

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Resilience

... is the ability to adapt to adversity or significant stress.

When faced with difficulty, resilient people recover more quickly. They view setbacks as temporary, move forward despite uncertainty, they excel in problem solving, positive communication and emotion regulation.

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The ability to perceive setbacks as temporary and solvable.

Instead of viewing stress as a sign of failure or as a threat, you can choose to look for the challenge within it or the lesson to be learned.

Finding meaning within chaos is a core component of resilient leadership.

Self-awareness and resilience

Resilient people take the time to understand what they’re feeling, even if it’s uncomfortable.

To manage your emotions effectively, you must learn to express yourself clearly, assertively, and with empathy for others.

Resilience and ambiguity

Resilient people take action even when the outcomes are unclear. 

It can be nerve-wracking to make decisions amidst uncertainty, so focus on progress over perfection: Track your wins and celebrate your achievements, however small, to gain the confidence to keep going.

Self-care

Resilience requires energy, so make sure you’re refueling with regularly-scheduled self-care activities.

Exercising, eating right, sleeping well, and creating time for personal development are a few ways to energize yourself.

Social support and resilience

Reliable and consistent social support is related to better psychological health, higher motivation, and a lower stress response.

In order to make sure you have people to lean on, invest in relationship-building long before you need it.

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Prepare For The Worst

It starts with your mind-set. Accept that change is inevitable and realize that you can choose how you react.

When possible, lay the groundwork for recovery before you need to: Keep your skills up to date to stay in demand in the market, have a financial reserve in case of job loss or illness, etc. 

Be Emotionally Self-Aware

Strong emotions are more likely to dictate your behavior.

Become familiar with what triggers your stress. Practice “active internal coping mechanisms” such as reframing, humor, optimism, and meaningful social interactions.

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Defining resilience

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of risk -  American Psychological Association.

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Learning to be resilient

Resilience can be learned. It is like a muscle - you can’t exercise it unless you have a stressful event to react to.

So the more you get knocked down and get back up, the stronger and more fearless you become.

Develop an effective network

Having an effective network can help buffer you from potentially adverse career events. 

This means nurturing your existing network and establishing new connections over time. Remember to focus on building relationships, not contacts.

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Resilience

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Resilience is a skill

Resilience isn’t something you’re born with, but something you build. 

Psychologists say it’s comprised of behaviors, thoughts and actions that anyone can learn — a skill that can be improved, just like running or speaking a new language.

Common patterns in building resilience
  • Relying on others. Resilience has a lot to do with leaning on the people around you and with developing strong, supportive connections.
  • Trust your own abilities. Keep a list of accomplishments you’re proud of to serve as a reminder of the times you’ve been resilient before.
  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to set physical, mental and emotional boundaries.
  • Change your outlook. While you can’t always control the situation, you do have control over how you respond to it. Cultivate optimism in the face of adversity.
  • Take the next step, even if it’s small. Build hope. Make a list that includes a goal, steps to achieve it, potential obstacles and strategies to overcome them.