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Building Resilience

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Resilience is that hard to define quality or tendency to cope with stress or hardship in such a way that allows some people to bounce back; to not only rise above the ashes, but to come back stronger than before.

Resilience is a course of action identified by:

  • Optimism
  • Confidence
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • Self-guided improvement
  • A positive attitude
  • The capacity to control emotions
  • The skill to exploit failure or disappointment as useful feedback

You can build resilience through a number of self-guided activities in your life.  Self-guided improvement, or self-help, is a broad movement made up of numerous groups, each with their own proponents, techniques, advice, methods, motivations, beliefs, and focuses. Self-help utilizes publicly accessible information and support groups to provide emotional support, empirical knowledge, solutions, friendship, guidance, information, and a sense of belonging. A self-help course of action includes:

  • Identifying and understanding your problem
  • Breaking your problem down into small, manageable parts
  • Defining goals
  • Educating yourself about the solutions available to you
  • Creating a plan
  • Putting your plan into action
  • Measuring progress

Consider the resources below to help you build resilience:

 

My Story: Setbacks Do Not Mean Failure – L’s Story

My Story: Setbacks Do Not Mean Failure – L’s Story

From our archives: When I was 19, I completed my first stint in rehab. I never really wanted to get into ‘the hard stuff’, so I got my highs through alcohol. It was never really a high I was after, though; I simply wanted to escape into another world, to forget about a loss that is still too hard to talk about.

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You Can Learn to Love Yourself by Dr. Tamara Sofair-Fisch

You Can Learn to Love Yourself by Dr. Tamara Sofair-Fisch

This article is the second in a series, “Mapping and Mastery of the Inner World: An Innovative Guide to Self-Empowerment” by Dr. Tamara Sofair-Fisch, and addresses a technique used to help individuals learn to truly love and nurture themselves as a way to get through emotionally challenging times.

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Assertiveness in 4 Steps by Dr. Lorraine M. Dorfman

Assertiveness in 4 Steps by Dr. Lorraine M. Dorfman

The basic assertiveness formula has four steps: (1) the situation, (2) the feeling, (3) the explanation, and (4) the request. Another way of stating the formula is (1) here’s what happened, (2) here’s how I feel about it, (3) here’s why I feel that way, so (4) here’s what I want. Occasionally there is a fifth element, the consequence.

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