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The 12 typical habits of resilient people

The 12 typical habits of resilient people

October 4, 2022

It is common to think that resilience is something like a innate ability , a faculty that is born spontaneously in some people who have to face adverse situations.

But nevertheless, resilience is not a trait of the person born with it, nor is it part of the typical temperament of this . It is a process in which the individual enters a dynamic of interactions with others and the environment in a way that is able to overcome adversity.

Put another way: psychological resilience is not had, but it is something that develops and learns to maintain.

That is why one of the pillars of resilience is directly in the habits of the person who manages to develop it. These characteristic habits of people trained in resilience can be as varied and flexible as there are ways of living life, but roughly ten can be named that are applicable to most cases.


People trained in resilience ...

What things do these types of people have in common?

1. Take measures to improve their self-esteem

They are able to recognize that the actions they do today will change the way they perceive themselves tomorrow. For this reason, they direct part of their actions towards the improvement of self-esteem and self-confidence, and they do so more or less consciously, to ensure the effectiveness of these measures and to be constant in this task.

2. They immerse themselves in creative tasks

Creativity is one of the ways to make everything our thoughts are focused towards the resolution of a novel challenge. The perception of creating something original makes this habit highly stimulating, and the feeling of having finished a piece of work that is unique in the world is highly pleasurable . Resilient people know this and that's why they like to alternate daily habits with a bit of novelty and demand for themselves.


3. They maintain a stoic attitude when it is convenient ...

People capable of developing a good resilience are able to detect situations in which it is practically impossible to make the context change in the short or medium term. This makes it possible for do not raise vain illusions and that their efforts to adapt to what happens to them focus on managing their way of experiencing what happens in this new situation.

4. ... But do not stop looking for goals!

Accept situations that at first seem overwhelmingly bad, such as breaking off After a long engagement or the outbreak of a disease, does not mean that from that moment all aspects of that person's life revolve around that context perceived as negative. Resilient people show a propensity to take advantage of the selective attention: instead of being all day thinking about the bad things that happen to them, they focus on the objectives to be developed. In the end, setting goals with a personal meaning, no matter how insignificant or transcendental these objectives, is what allows us to manage our habits well and take control of our actions. Resilience consists, in part, of be oriented towards the horizon of the possible .


5. Are surrounded by people with a positive attitude

Resilient people are, among other things, because they have gone through some hard situation that has moved them to train in their own emotional management. That means that they assume the existence of an anxious source that can generate tension, and far from pretending to ignore it or try to suppress their memory (something practically impossible), they simply direct attention elsewhere. For example, towards people with a positive attitude. Engaging in a receptive community and supporting its members is a good way to facilitate the management of emotions. Make a flow optimism and cravings personal growth Going from the environment to oneself makes everything easier.

6. ... But also with all kinds of human beings!

Living life normally includes not being limited by a bubble of friendships and acquaintances that meet certain characteristics. Therefore, someone with a good command of the coping strategies You will have no problem interacting with all kinds of people from time to time.

7. They are doing things all day

While it's time to sleep, of course! Maintaining an active attitude helps them to focus and reach the desired objectives , which at the same time has a positive effect on your own self-esteem and self-confidence.

8. They practice sports and / or some type of meditation

The meditation It seems to have multiple benefits, among which are the facilitation of the appearance of positive thoughts and the reduction of stress, as explained in this article. Sport, on the other hand, also serves to relax and gain self-confidence.Both habits, in addition, do not stop being very solid routines for the day to day or, in other words, small daily goals.

9. They use humor to empower themselves

Humor is an invaluable resource to play down things At the same time you get a smile in return. Making jokes about something related to personal problems is perfectly healthy, taking into account that the subject is approached by obtaining an emotional response that is pleasant and frees us from the weight of stress. Of course, as a strategy of resilience should be spontaneous jokes and genuinely funny. Self-imposed task of making humor can be a defense mechanism if only jokes are treated as a mask.

10. Reserve moments to think about what you can do in the long term

Facing adversity means looking beyond the stress or sadness that can be experienced from time to time. Therefore, someone who has managed to enter into a resilience dynamic plans their objectives and makes some of these are projected towards the long term. This helps keep the thoughts fixed on those things that can be changed for the better and, in addition, the fact of be able to materially change the context It makes it easier to stand up to negative situations.

11. Invite others to participate in their projects

Resilient people transform into a habit the fact of encouraging others to participate in their projects, be they simple and short-term or ambitious and based on an objective that will take time to achieve. The meaning of this is to spread the positive attitude to others and, at the same time, make this positive attitude come back to oneself through the satisfaction of others, as an echo. In addition, projects that involve many people are often more absorbing and stimulating than those carried out alone, since the expectations that others place in us encourage us to continue.

12. They are steeped in culture

To develop resilience there is nothing like exploring alternative ways of thinking and acting. And, to achieve this, living culture is fundamental; in this way thinkers are discovered, authors and artists who discover their mental world and teach us that life can be experienced in many more ways of which we believed in a principle. At the end of the day, as the thinking options among which we can choose increase, our freedom and our ability to experience things in a satisfactory way also grows. In this sense, resilient people always surround themselves with stimulating forms of cultural expression.


The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong | Amy Morin | TEDxOcala (October 2022).


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