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Remaining Resilient During Change
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Tue, 8/03/2010 10:41 AM

Change in our personal and professional lives can take its toll. There are many events that can increase stress in our lives; even positive events such as marriage, the birth of a child, starting a new job, and having a child leave home. It’s not uncommon for people to become anxious during these times, but if we learn how to build our resilience we can minimize the negative physical and emotional effects. A diversified approach to increasing resilience uses different strategies

Before

  • Develop a supportive network of family and friends
  • Practice relaxation techniques regularly
  • Give yourself permission to have fun and be creative
  • Take care of yourself with proper nutrition, regular exercise and adequate rest
  • Acknowledge the fact that stress is a normal part of life

During

  • Challenge stress-inducing beliefs
  • Stop before your thoughts escalate into worst case scenarios
  • Identify irrational thoughts, dispute them and reflect objectively on the cause of the stress
  • Establish a plan of action
  • Use positive self-talk

After

  • Continue to take good care of you
  • Congratulate yourself for being resilient

We’ve all heard the phrase, “the only thing constant is change,” so start preparing today. You can talk to a counselor about increasing your resilience or any other life challenge, by calling the Methodist Healthcare Employee Assistance Program in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Karole Blake-Shorter, LCSW is a counselor at the Methodist Healthcare Employee Assistance Program. To contact Karole or another EAP counselor, call 901.683.5658 or 800.880.5658. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice.

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