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Secrets Of The Most Resilient People

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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Secrets Of The Most Resilient People

Secrets Of The Most Resilient People

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Write It Out

Simply writing about your feelings can help you explore them and resolve some of the issues that may be preventing you from recovering from trauma.

Build A Community

Fostering strong relationships with family, friends, mentors and others to whom you can turn in times of crisis helps you bounce back. 

Know Your Purpose

Having a sense of purpose beyond your occupation or everyday role plays a big role in resilience.  

“Our positions are temporary and will likely change. But our purpose should never really change.” Frank Niles

Frank Niles

Frank Niles

[Resilience] is the ability to get back in the game after you’ve had some sort of failure. And indeed, we can learn to become more resilient.”

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. 

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