10/05/2012 07:58 am ET Updated Dec 05, 2012

7 Simple Resilience Strategies for Busy, Stressful Lives


Recently, I've seen the term "resilience" applied to everything from real estate to the economy, sports, current events, business, and more. Resilience is a popular buzzword, but what really is resilience? Most people are able to define it as the ability to bounce back from adversity, but few realize that resilience is made up of a number of different skills and abilities. Self-awareness, creating meaning from life lessons, self-efficacy, having an optimistic thinking style, and building strong relationships are a few foundational ingredients that make up resilience.

The following seven strategies will build your resilience by enhancing goal achievement, optimal performance, mental toughness, and strong leadership:

7 Resilience Strategies For Stressful Lives

Resilience is all about developing the staying power you need to handle all that life throws your way. Increasing your resilience will help you cope with stress, improve your ability to solve problems, remain task-focused, and increase your confidence.

Paula Davis-Laack is a lawyer turned stress and resilience expert specializing in stress, work, and lifestyle issues for high-achieving women. Connect with Paula via:
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