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How to be resilient

Adversity is everywhere. It can strike when you’re least expecting it, and it might be accompanied by unpleasant, albeit normal, reactions such as anxiety, excessive worry, disappointment, grief, shame, frustration and sadness. Moving on from, and even growing through, a difficult or traumatic experience can be hard, but it is possible. 

Key points
Resilience isn’t about being bulletproof. 
Resilient people do experience pain and suffer, but they eventually recover and grow. 
Rather than isolate, connect with others during times of crises, especially your friends, family, support groups and communities.
Acceptance can be liberating. When you accept the inevitable, you can more easily turn your attention to what you can control and become proactive about problem-solving. 
Avoiding inner experiences, such as unpleasant emotions and thoughts, is detrimental to wellbeing in the long term. 
Resilience requires us to tap into our inner strengths and resources, as well as our external resources, such as social support from others. 
Try to perceive hardship as a growth opportunity that can help you better cope with distress.

How to be resilient 
Life is unpredictable. Brace yourself with a suite of coping mechanisms, internal and external, then deploy them flexibly

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