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Resilience is the ability to  become strong, healthy, and successful again after something bad happens. It is the ability to bounce back!

  • There are simple habits and skills that can be learned at any age that help build resilience.
    • Here are some ways to build resilience:
      • Make connections—for example, make friends.
      • Help others through volunteering.
      • Maintain a daily routine.
      • Take a break from the daily routine if needed.
      • Practice self-care, including eating properly, exercising, resting, and having fun.
      • Move toward reasonable goals and focus on what you have accomplished.
      • Nurture a positive self-view.
      • Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook. There is a future that can be good, even though the present may have painful events.
      • Look for opportunities for self-discovery.
      • Accept that change is part of living and new goals can be made.

Here are some additional resources you can use on your own:


    • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius.
    • They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! by David D. Clarke.
    • Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa.


    • Mindfulness Coach: Available at the App Store. Practicing mindfulness reduces stress, improves emotional well-being, increases self-awareness, and helps with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. This app offers exercises, information, and a tracking log.
    • iChill: Available at the App Store and Google Play. This app teaches a set of skills to help you build resilience.
    • Calm: Available at the App Store and Google Play. Calm is the #1 app for sleep and meditation.