MayoClinic.com: Resilience Can Help With Stress and Adversity

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Resilience is the ability to adapt in the face of trauma, adversity, tragedy or even significant ongoing stress. People who have resilience harness inner strengths and tend to rebound more quickly from a setback or challenge, whether it's a job loss, an illness or the death of a loved one.

Resilient individuals have cultivated a sense of forgiveness, and regardless of the setback or slight, they're able to box it up, and let go of it.

Resilience is the ability to adapt in the face of trauma, adversity, tragedy or even significant ongoing stress. People who have resilience harness inner strengths and tend to rebound more quickly from a setback or challenge, whether it's a job loss, an illness or the death of a loved one.

A new feature on MayoClinic.com helps users test their resilience levels and provides tips to build resilience. The feature focuses on 12 characteristics of resilient people and ranks each user's scores after a series of questions. The questionnaire uses a gauge developed by experts at Mayo Clinic of how resilient an individual may be based on some of the characteristics that resilient people tend to have.

"People who are more resilient have the ability to say to themselves, 'OK, this bad thing happened, and I can either dwell on it or I can learn from it,'" says Edward Creagan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic oncologist in Rochester, Minn. "Resilient individuals have cultivated a sense of forgiveness, and regardless of the setback or slight, they're able to box it up, and let go of it."

Tips featured on MayoClinic.com to help individuals become more resilient include:

  • Use humor and laughter
  • Learn from experiences
  • Remain hopeful and optimistic
  • Accept and anticipate change
  • Work toward goals
  • Learn new things about yourself
  • Think better of yourself

About MayoClinic.com

Launched in 1995 and now visited by nearly 10 million users a month, this award-winning Web site offers health information, self-improvement, and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health. Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts, MayoClinic.com gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic.com offers intuitive, easy-to-use tools such as "Symptom Checker" and "First-Aid Guide" for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as more in-depth sections on over 25 common diseases and conditions, healthy living articles, videos, animations and features such as "Ask a Specialist" and "Drug Watch." Users can sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter called "Housecall" which provides the latest health information from Mayo Clinic. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com.

To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/news. MayoClinic.com (http://www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories.

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