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Be resilient! It’s good for your health:

Tips on being more resilient and why it's good for you
By Beverly Goldsmith
Date: March 16 2016
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Be resilient
When it comes to juggling family and work, parents can sometimes get bent-out-of-shape by the demands made on them. They can feel pulled in two directions or mentally stretched to the limit.  When this happens, life can be a tight ball of stress. Staying emotionally on-track under pressure, can be tough. The answer to retaining one's mental balance and poise is to be resilient, and this is good for your health.
A resilient person is someone who is adaptable and recovers readily from stress or misfortune. The key to being resilient is to have a bucket-load of mental qualities, such as suppleness, elasticity, and flexibility. These thought-qualities allow you to easily rebound from stressful situations, and regain control of your emotions and your life.
It’s like the humble rubber-band. Being supple, the band can be stretched sideways a long way without breaking. It can be formed into a triangle, rectangle, square, or even rolled into a tight ball. Yet, no matter how it’s treated, when the pressure is released, the circular band easily recovers its original shape.  
While the ability to rebound quickly is sometimes thought to be associated with genetics, one’s temperament, or good parenting, resilience is actually a mental, spiritual capability which we all have.  No one has to think or act like a metal paperclip, which is inflexible, rigid, and when stretched can’t readily recover its form.
- When faced with a difficult situation, draw on spiritual resilience to help you overcome it.  
- Maintain your balance in life. Be supple - bend with the winds of hardship or misfortune, and then recover quickly, easily, from trouble or stress.   
- Be assured, that “The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.”  Mary Baker Eddy - Science and Health  p.574
- Affirm often during the day, that you are resilient, flexible, able to live a happy, healthy life. 
- Retain your mental composure. Bounce back from disappointment or discouragement.  You can do it! 
- Be reassured: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not.”  Bible II Corinthians
- Mentally stand firm. Don’t stay rigid with fear or despair. 
- Defeat ignorant prejudice or bullying, with courage and determination.
- Be strong. Get up each day mentally stronger than the day before.  
- Practice thinking and being resilient. It’s good for your health.
Health writer Beverly Goldsmith, is a practitioner/teacher of Christian Science healing. Twitter: @GoldsmithBev
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