How People Learn to Become Resilient

5 Ways Mentally Tough People Deal With Stress and Anxiety

Try relieving your anxiety by simply engaging yourself in the things that bring you peace, energy, and happiness. Image credit: Getty Images

Do you have anxious thoughts, fears, and worries that invade your space daily?

Anxiety is often the result of fears that you may have about uncertain situations, places, and even people in your life (like your boss!). Even worse, you may be working in a fear-motivated pressure cooker.

Most of the time, these fears are based on things that haven’t happened yet. Maybe you worry about that job interview or whether a new business partnership will do well.

If you’ve had it with anxiety beating up on you, there is good news: You can achieve peace, eliminate anxious thoughts and fears, and successfully overcome anxiety.

Here are 5 daily tips you can use to overcome anxiety starting now…


How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school with the exact same sandwich: two slices of bread with nothing in between. At home, there was no other food available, and no one to make any. Even so, Garmezy would later recall, the boy wanted to make sure that “no one would feel pity for him and no one would know the ineptitude of his mother.” Each day, without fail, he would walk in with a smile on his face and a “bread sandwich” tucked into his bag.

The boy with the bread sandwich was part of a special group of children. He belonged to a cohort of kids—the first of many—whom Garmezy would go on to identify as succeeding, even excelling, despite incredibly difficult circumstances. These were the children who exhibited a trait Garmezy would later identify as “resilience.”…


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