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7 Ways to Build Resilience for Crises and Everyday Life Challenges

U.S. News & World Report - Health Logo By Ruben Castaneda of U.S. News & World Report - Health | Slide 1 of 9: Whether it’s a health issue like cancer or <a href="http://health.usnews.com/conditions/heart-disease">heart disease </a>or a tight work deadline, everyone <a href="http://health.usnews.com/wellness/mind/articles/2017-03-02/how-to-stay-calm-when-everybody-seems-stressed">faces crises and challenges</a>. Sometimes, these situations can feel overwhelming. “In our society today, every day’s a stress,” says leadership expert <a href="http://andrew-wittman.com/author/andrew/">Andrew Wittman</a>, author of the book “Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You.” Whenever you’re faced with a stressful situation, your body’s endocrine system releases hormones, which Wittman calls a “hormone dump.” This creates anxiety, potentially leading to bad decisions, he says. “It’s like an emotional seizure, which can lead to a cascade of unforced errors,” Wittman says. <a href="http://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/2017-02-27/how-to-raise-resilient-kids">Building resilience</a> can help you avoid those errors.

Resilience can help you avoid making bad choices.

Whether it’s a health issue like cancer or heart disease or a tight work deadline, everyone faces crises and challenges. Sometimes, these situations can feel overwhelming. “In our society today, every day’s a stress,” says leadership expert Andrew Wittman, author of the book “Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You.” Whenever you’re faced with a stressful situation, your body’s endocrine system releases hormones, which Wittman calls a “hormone dump.” This creates anxiety, potentially leading to bad decisions, he says. “It’s like an emotional seizure, which can lead to a cascade of unforced errors,” Wittman says. Building resilience can help you avoid those errors.
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