5 Habits of Resilient People

“When one door closes, two more open.” 

“The glass isn’t half empty; it’s half full!”

“Rainbows only come after rain.”

Who hasn’t heard at least one of these motivational clichés? When things go wrong and your world seems like it’s falling apart, it can be hard to stay positive and easy to fall into unproductive habits, such as overreacting or ignoring problems altogether. Often, these habits can make the situation worse.

During tough times, it is important to remember one word: resilience.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.” Being a resilient person does not mean you’re immune to negative experiences or that you have a positive outlook 100 percent of the time. In a nutshell, it means you can bounce back from setbacks in healthy and effective ways.

Developing resilient habits can have positive effects on many aspects of your life. When you learn to control your negative experiences rather than letting them control you, you should notice a boost in your overall physical and emotional health. How many of the following habits do you practice?


5 Habits Employed by Resilient People

1) They are prepared

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Resilient people always have a plan B and C. If you are prepared for a variety of outcomes and potential setbacks, you will feel more in control and will be able to handle the unexpected while remaining cool, calm and collected.

2) They don’t let their emotions control them

When something goes wrong, it can be instinctive to panic. Think Chicken Little when he thought the sky was falling around him. When you panic you are less likely to make informed and effective decisions, which in turn, can make your original problem worse. Resilient people take a step back, accept the setback and quickly (but carefully) look for productive solutions. They are in control of the situation, not the other way around.

3) They think of setbacks as opportunities

You become stronger with every obstacle you overcome. Resilient people are not ruled by their struggles but instead, look at them as opportunities to learn and grow. They accept that some things cannot be changed, adapt to the situation in a healthy way and, in some cases, even use the setback to their advantage.

4) They are proud of themselves

Resilient people are their own number one fans. They have confidence in their ability to achieve whatever they set their mind to. They understand that it takes time and patience to reach their broader goals and they congratulate themselves along the way.

5) They understand the importance of support systems

Life can be challenging. Resilient people understand that everybody needs help from time to time and even a small support system can go a long way. When you have friends and family rooting for you to succeed, the mishaps in life seem much more manageable. Likewise, resilient people encourage those around them to reach their full potential.


So, do you have resilience? By practicing these five habits, you will be better equipped to handle all of the little surprises that life throws your way. Keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive – there are other things you can do to handle problems effectively and keep a positive outlook as well. Let us know how you stay resilient by leaving a comment below!

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