Follow these steps to develop your own emotional resilience
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Not everyone reacts the same way when they face hardships in life. Some people may struggle during hard times, while others can thrive. People who can weather problems have one trait that helps them maintain their positive outlook: emotional resilience.

You aren't born with resilience. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist who has studied resilience for many years, explained that emotional resilience isn't a trait you're just born with it. However, it's a trait that you can develop on your own.

Here are some tips that can help you become more emotionally resilient.

Be selective when developing your social support system.

People say that you "become the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Surround yourself with people who have attitudes and mindsets that are worth emulating, such as positive thinkers who can improve your self-confidence and resilience. On that note, you also need to show these people that they're important to you and that you support them.

Develop a growth mindset.

People like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Elon Musk have a growth mindset. They're emotionally resilient and they're not afraid of failure. They use past mistakes to guide their actions so they can eventually succeed.

Discover your calling.

To become emotionally resilient, try to find a calling that can give you hope when life becomes too difficult.

Don't engage in negative self-talk. 

A common type of negative thinking is cognitive distortion, or when your mind tells you something that isn't true. Cognitive distortion may cause catastrophic thinking, which can make you expect the worst possible outcomes.


Exaggerating a problem will only make it seem harder to deal with, and it can make you feel incapable and overwhelmed instead of emotionally resilient.

Fake it until you make it.

This means trying to act like you're emotionally resilient even if you aren't, at least temporarily. In time, you will start to believe that you can be more resilient.

Set goals and work on achieving them. 

Setting goals will help you stay in control of your life. It also keeps your sense of self-efficacy high. When setting goals, break down large goals into smaller and manageable goals. Every time you achieve a small goal, you get a boost of dopamine, the brain chemical that sustains a person's focus, motivation, and productivity.

A healthy brain is crucial for emotional resilience

Before you can be more emotionally resilient, you have to improve the current state of your mental health. (Related: Try these natural ways to reduce pain and stress.)

Take supplements to manage your stress

Adaptogens are supplements that can boost your resilience to both emotional and physical stress. These herbal remedies aren't sedating or stimulating, but they can help you feel both energetic and calm. Adaptogens support overall health by helping the body achieve homeostasis, a state of balance.

Some adaptogens may boost immunity and overall well-being, while others can ease depression and anxiety, enhance mental performance, or prevent fatigue.

Try some of these adaptogens if you want to boost your emotional resilience:

  • American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
  • Arctic root (Rhodiola rosea)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri)
  • Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
  • Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)
  • Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
  • White Mulberry (Morus alba)

Other supplements that can help you manage stress include:

  • B complex vitamins – These vitamins can help you deal with stress.
  • L-tyrosine – This amino acid can fight the effects of extreme physical and psychological stress.
  • Magnesium – This mineral will make you more resilient to stress. Additionally, it can help you sleep, elevate your mood, and improve your ability to focus.
  • Vitamin C – This vitamin can help suppress the formation of cortisol, the major stress hormone. Vitamin C can also help you recover from stressful situations faster.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed by challenges in your life, remember that you can develop your emotional resilience to become a stronger person.

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