Resilience and Stress

How Resilience Keeps You Afloat

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Yes, stress is a dangerous force that can wreak havoc on your mental, physical, and emotional health. But it’s also an inevitable part of life. If anyone ever promises you that they can end your stress, walk away. It’s a scam.

Stress is here to stay, and that’s a good thing. When you learn the skills for taking the sting out of it, you can tap your stress when you need extra oomph to start new ventures, handle obstacles with grace, or just keep pace with your full, rich life without letting stress rule your life or sap your strength.

What is resilience?

This all-important trait is composed of 7 fundamental strengths:

1. Emotion Regulation.

An ability to keep calm under adversity.

2. Impulse Control.

The capacity to moderate your behavior when you’re experiencing challenges so you don’t burn bridges.

3. Causal Analysis.

Being able to look at all the causes of a particular problem and work out what you can control and what you can’t, so you can funnel energy into what you can change and forgive what you can’t.

4. Self-Efficacy.

A belief in yourself that you are competent and reliable.

5. Realistic Optimism.

The ability to be optimistic to the extent that your reality allows.

6. Empathy.

Understanding what motivates other people, what they think and feel, and being able to put yourself in their shoes.

7. Reaching out.

A willingness and ability to take on opportunities that come your way.

Everyone on earth possesses these traits to varying degrees – no one has all of these strengths, just as no one possesses none of them. But the more of these attributes you can cultivate in yourself, the better off you’ll be.

The meQuilibrium System can help you with all of them. When you learn how to alter your thought patterns in constructive ways, you can respond objectively and creatively to stressful occurrences instead of succumbing to entrenched thinking patterns that only perpetuate stress.

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