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Boost your resilience

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Resilience is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. Resiliency is a skill that can be learned and sharpened with practice. Building flexible strength is a hallmark of resilience and necessary for recovering peak performance after stressful events.

Service members and civil servants face unique stressors, which, without the flexibility to recover and adjust, may challenge their fitness for duty and ability to manage home and family life. Here are 10 resiliency tips experts share that if practiced may help people better adapt and manage stressful situations:

- Identify and capitalize on your strengths, find ways to develop and use your signature strengths.
- Balance your thinking to defuse doubt and anxiety so you can focus on your performance.
- Be aware of how unproductive patterns can interfere with your performance, goals, and relationships.
- Understand how your brain drives reactions to events; ensure your reaction does not interfere with your values or goals.
- Check your playbook if you are stuck in an unproductive pattern. Do you need a new play?
- Move toward your goals. Focus on goals you can achieve in the near future instead of focusing solely on distant goals.
- Maintain, build, and strengthen important relationships by using Active Constructive Responding and Good Listening skills
- Use interpersonal problem-solving to evaluate solutions and respect perspectives of others.
- After facing adversity, reflect on opportunities to find meaning and evaluate your self-discovery.
- Identify your essential beliefs, principles, or values to help gain perspective, or a sense of direction.

Becoming resilient does not happen overnight. However, with practice, these tips can help you take positive steps toward improving your ability to handle and overcome life's challenges.

If you are interested in learning more resiliency tools, contact the wing's resiliency facilitator at 556-6768 or email

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