Emotional Resilience

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Emotional resilience simply refers to one’s ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises.

More resilient people are able to “roll with the punches” and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties, while less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes. We all know someone who seems much better at handling stress or a difficult situation that someone else does. To some degree, emotional and physical resilience are something we are born with. Some of us have always been the “sensitive kind” while others are not bothered by anything. Some of us don’t like rugged physical activity while others can play in the mud all day long! Both biological and social factors contribute to personality development, so there is something about being “naturally resilient” that is out of our control. However, psychological and social research have demonstrated that emotional resilience is something that can be learned or improved upon no matter what level of it we are born with. Adolescence is also the time in life where we build upon previous skills and learn new ones. IMSA kids are presented with lots of opportunities to explore what has worked in the past and doesn’t work anymore. You can observe and learn new ways of coping…


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