Being Resilient Is A Critical Skill

Developing resilience is an important tool to help you deal with coronavirus and the surge in cases

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Children will model the behavior of parents after watching and listening to them. Our society’s parenting culture is set up to make sure our children are comfortable. Because of that, many children are ill-equipped to handle life’s unexpected and unavoidable setbacks. Getty Images / ljubaphoto

We’re all exhausted and pushed to the limit by months of social distancing, and the recent news that cases are climbing in many states is especially scary.

While you may feel like ripping off your mask and heading for a bar, there are more productive ways to deal with the challenges we face. And in fact, staying home may be the best course of action in the next couple of weeks, some experts have said. It’s also a good time to learn and practice resilience.

As a professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Connecticut, I believe these unprecedented changes have had a significant and adverse impact on the mental health of Americans. And there is no end in sight. If ever a moment called for understanding the concept of resilience, this is it…


Being Resilient Is A Critical Skill

The future doesn’t belong to the brilliant, but rather to the resilient. Resilience is the ability that allows people that have a setback in their goals to come back stronger than ever in their life. Psychologists have identified a few of the factors that make somebody resilient. Among them are a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to control emotions, and the capacity to see failure as temporary.

Peter Buffett wrote, “Our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams.” Sometimes failure and pain are our life’s greatest teachers. The toughest people are the ones who love despite personal shortcomings and may cry to themselves behind closed doors while fighting battles that nobody even knows about…


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