Managing Stress Through Resilience



managing stress with resilience

Learn About Managing Stress Through Resilience:

  1. What is Resilience – and How Can It Help Me?
  2. Building Your Inner Resilience
  3. Immediate Stress-Coping Strategies 
  4. Helping Kids Build Resilience
  5. Help with Basic Needs

A change in job status. Challenges with parenting. A family dispute. The death of a loved one. We all face different degrees of stress throughout our lifetime. While stress is perfectly normal, how we cope with our life stressors can have a dramatic impact on both our physical and mental health.

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Think back to a time you experienced a specific type of stress – such as unexpected traffic on your way to an important meeting or appointment. How did you react? This same stressful event can trigger a multitude of different reactions from people. For example:

Person A might… curse inwardly and reach for a cigarette.

Person B might… react angrily and begin to honk and drive aggressively.

Person C might… begin nail biting or fidgeting while awfulizing the entire day ahead.

However you personally tend to respond to a stressful situation like this, you probably engage in a reaction that negatively affects your physical and/or mental health.  Just like unexpected traffic on the way to a scheduled engagement, much of the stress in our lives is unavoidable. But there is something we can all do – and that’s to work on improving the way we react to these stressors. Little by little, we can create a different kind of reality for ourselves where stressful situations don’t feel as challenging.

So how do you change your long-term relationship to stress? With a concept called resilience.

1. What is Resilience – and How Can It Help Me?

Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from stressful situations, rather than letting the stress continue to affect you in unforeseen, unhealthy ways that can ultimately lead to even more stress. Having personal resilience doesn’t mean you’ll never experience stressors – but that you’re better able to cope with them. Think of resilience as a kind of inner strength that helps you to be less reactive to any kind of stress, be it small or significant.

2. Building Your Inner Resilience

resilience toolkit from Munson Healthcare

Building your inner resilience is similar to strengthening a muscle. While it’s not an overnight process, little by little, day by day, you can build your inner stress warrior. In time, nearly anything that comes your way feels less difficult because you’ve built up your stress defense.

Ready to get started? Our free Stress Relief Guide can guide you through this journey from start to finish.

Download the Stress Relief Guide

Included in the toolkit:

  • Vocabulary to help identify your real feelings
  • A worksheet to help build your personal stress-reduction plan
  • Ideas for healthy coping strategies that you can practice anywhere
  • Long-term resilience builders, including food

More Resilience-Building Resources

The key to building your long-term resilience is to focus on your overall wellness, including good nutrition, daily movement, and quality sleep. Check out our favorite ideas and expert tips for improving your well-being:

The Key to Managing Stress

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Improve Your Reaction to Stress

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Eight Healthy Tips for Better Sleep

healthy tips for better sleep

Working from Home and Thriving

working from home and thriving

12 Foods with the Healthy Bang for Your Buck

healthy foods under budget

Fresh, Canned or Frozen Produce?

fresh canned or frozen food?

Five Nutrition Tips for Mindful Eating

5 nutrition tips for mindful eating

Relieve Stress: 10 Home Workouts

relieve stress with 10 home workouts

3. Immediate Stress-Coping Strategies

Resilience is a great long-term strategy for stress. But what about in the meantime, while you’re building your inner resilience “muscle?” Managing immediate stress is also an essential resilience-building strategy. The key is to move through your stress versus trying to navigate around it. Check out our top stress-coping tools to learn more:

Download the Stress Relief Guide


COVID-19: Six Essential Coping Strategies

essential coping strategies for COVID-19

COVID-19: More Essential Coping Strategies

strategies for coping with COVID-19 stress

Let Meditation and Mindfulness Reduce Stress

reducing stress through meditation and mindfulness

4. Helping Kids Build Resilience

You can foster wellness and promote resilience for the kids in your life too! Helping kids develop healthy nutrition, movement, sleep habits, and stress management skills earlier in life will give them a great foundation for resilience into adulthood.

Young children might not be developmentally ready to work through the adult resilience toolkit yet, but helping them identify and understand their emotions and feelings is a good place to start. Try these fun downloadable activities with your kids:

Glitter Jar Activity
Feelings Flashcards


And for even more expert tips, check out our Raising Resilient Kids series:

Winter Activities for Kids

winter activities for kids

Video Chats: Keeping Kids Engaged

keeping kids engaged during video chats

Mindfulness for Children

mindfulness for children

Cooking with Your Kids

cooking with your kids

Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas for Kids

healthy lunch and snack ideas for kids

Exercising at Home with Your Baby

exercising at home with your baby

Parenting During COVID-19

Parents and caretakers have faced many additional challenges during this unprecedented pandemic. The following resources can help guide you through challenging decisions and conversations with your family about COVID-19:

Should Kids Wear Masks?

should kids wear masks?

Kids and COVID-19 Talking Points and Resources

COVID19 talking points for kids

Explaining Social Distancing to Kids

explaining social distancing to kids

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

expecting during COVID-19

Additional Resources

Try these ideas to help your kids stay active and engaged while at home:

Activities for Kids at Home

activities for kids at home

6 Exercises to Do with Your Kids

exercises to do with your kids

5. Help with Food, Bills, and Other Basic Needs

Building personal resilience is especially challenging if you’re struggling with basic needs. Have you experienced worry or stress about housing, food, bills, shelter, utility assistance, childcare, medical care transportation, disaster recovery, counseling, and more? Free resources are available to support you.

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