Resilience is the ability to withstand, recover, return, and thrive in the face of adversity or a traumatic event. Resilience is an ongoing process that develops over time. Furthermore, our perceptions, culture, family, experiences, and training all influence our resilience.

While we all have our strategies for dealing with life’s challenges, the use of positive coping strategies, and the avoidance of dysfunctional coping strategies can predict your resilience. Positive reframing, humor, and less use of self-blame are top strategies on how to build resilience. Furthermore, these strategies can work regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or marital status (Rice and Liu 2016).

While positive coping strategies can be learned and trained, we learn dysfunctional coping strategies as well. We often develop these through repetition. As a result, it is just as important to learn positive coping strategies as it is to learn not to use dysfunctional coping strategies.

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