Resilience is your ability to adapt well and recover quickly after stress, adversity, trauma or tragedy. If you have a resilient disposition, you are better able to maintain poise and a healthy level of physical and psychological wellness in the face of life's challenges. If you're less resilient, you're more likely to dwell on problems, feel overwhelmed, use unhealthy coping tactics to handle stress, and develop anxiety and depression.

You can develop resilience by training your attention so that you're more aware of the present moment. You use purposeful, trained attention to decrease the negative thoughts in your mind and bring greater focus on the present moment. Forming a resilient disposition includes:

  • Fostering acceptance
  • Finding meaning in life
  • Developing gratitude
  • Addressing spirituality
  • Retraining your attention

Programs incorporating these approaches can improve your resiliency, enhance your quality of life and decrease your stress and anxiety.

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A resilient approach leads to addressing problems rather than avoiding them, a positive, optimistic outlook and a flexible, adaptive disposition. Research has shown that these techniques engage the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates emotion, thinking and behavior.

Resilience training empowers you to change unconstructive behaviors, actions and ways of thinking. Training helps you develop four types of resilience to lead a more balanced and healthier life:

  • Cognitive — preserving attention, memory, judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Physical — maintaining well-being through regular exercise, a healthy diet and restful sleep
  • Emotional — approaching life with a realistic, balanced and flexible disposition and addressing rather than avoiding problems
  • Spiritual — practicing and keeping in mind the concepts of forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and true meaning and purpose
Oct. 20, 2011