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May 25, 2020

8 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People

In many cases, the unusual circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have created a sense of adversity for those struggling to embrace their changed reality. How can some people float serenely through difficult times, while others have trouble treading water? Here are some healthy ways emotionally resilient people cope with a crisis.

1. They’re Self-Aware

People who look within themselves for answers and take time for regular self-checkups are more likely to be in touch with their feelings. As a result, they can recognize when things aren’t going smoothly and accept when it’s time to reach out for help.

2. They Have a Strong Support Network

Growing up, most of us learn that we need to solve problems for ourselves. However, those of us who get good at rolling with the punches know that they need others in their corner. They surround themselves with understanding friends and family members who can help pull them up in times of crisis. For them, needing extra support is not a sign of weakness, but an indication of inner strength. The same is true of people who have cultivated a relationship with a therapist and who regularly follow the advice they receive in counseling sessions.

3. They Practice Self-Care

Emotionally resilient people know the value of looking after themselves. When things seem overwhelming, they understand the need to stop and step away with healthy activities that help them destress and recharge their batteries. These self-care habits often include exercising, journaling, eating well and being sure to get enough sleep each night.

4. They Are Mindful

Taking time to reconnect with yourself can benefit your outlook in a variety of ways. If you’re looking for a way to become more emotionally resilient when facing a crisis, establishing a mindfulness practice can go a long way toward helping you achieve that goal. You don’t need to become a meditation guru to be more mindful. Even a few minutes of quiet, controlled breathing a day can bring you a sense of peace and tranquility.

5. They Go With the Flow

Instead of trying to push back against adversity, emotionally resilient people accept that some things lie outside their control. Instead of being rigid, they keep moving forward with grace and flexibility. They’re aware that few things in life go exactly as planned, and they’re open to the idea of adapting as necessary.

6. They Avoid Negativity

People who maintain a healthy sense of optimism can bounce back from hardships more readily than those who dwell on what hasn’t gone their way. They know how to set boundaries to avoid interacting with toxic people, instead choosing mutually beneficial relationships with people they enjoy spending time with. They choose to see the good in situations, even those that haven’t worked out as they planned.

7. They Have a Good Sense of Humor

Laughter is another secret weapon in your mission of letting adversity roll off your back. Humor is an excellent healthy coping mechanism because of its ability to help relieve stress and allow you to see things from a fresh perspective. If you’re feeling angry or fearful, a hearty laugh can help you shrug off those dark emotions and lighten your mood. Laughter also burns calories and helps strengthen your immune system. If you’ve been struggling to find the joy in life lately, look for something that can make you laugh.

8. They Know How to Separate Themselves From Their Problems

Sometimes, resiliency involves knowing when to let go of anxiety-inducing people or situations. Protecting your emotional well-being often means stepping back and ask yourself, “Is this still going to bother me a few years from now?” It also involves processing your thoughts in a constructive way. For some people, this means talking through issues with an understanding friend, while others find more value in habits such as keeping a daily journal where they unburden themselves.

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