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Have you everwondered why some people you know seem to remain calm in the face of disaster,
while others seem to fall apart at the smallest thing? People that are able to
keep their cool have what is called a high level of resilience, or an ability
to cope with problems and setbacks more easily. These people can be quite laid
back and nothing fazes them, whereas others they may be thrown at the slightest
thing.

Resilient people are able to use their own
skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges, which
may include loosing something, being teased, money problems, illness, natural
disasters, medical emergencies, divorce of their parents or the death of a
loved one.

We all have resilience
at differing levels, but here are some ways to that you can look after your
own.

1. Take
Care of Yourself

Good
health and a regular routine of healthy habits is the key to good mental and
emotional resilience.

When
you get plenty of sleep, eat well and keep your stress levels low, you’ll be
less fragile and less likely to fall into unhealthy patterns following a
serious setback or tragedy.

2. Embrace
Change

Flexibility
is an essential part of resilience. By learning how to be more adaptable,
you’ll be better equipped to respond when faced with hard times. Resilient
people often use these events as an opportunity to branch out in new
directions. While some people may be crushed by abrupt changes, highly
resilient individuals are able to adapt and overcome those things.

3. Be Positive

Staying positive during dark periods in your life can be difficult,
but maintaining a hopeful outlook is an important part of it all. Positive thinking does not mean ignoring the problem
in order to focus on positive outcomes. It means understanding that setbacks will
happen and that you have the skills and abilities to combat the challenges you
face. What you are dealing with may be difficult, but it is important to remain
hopeful and positive about a brighter future.

4. Believe in
Your Abilities

Good self-esteem plays an important role in coping
with stress and recovering from difficult times. Remind yourself of your
strengths and accomplishments. Becoming more confident about your own ability
to respond and deal with crisis is a great way to build resilience
for the future. Believe in yourself more.