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How Well Do You Bounce?

By Sandy Schroeder

The question of emotional strength and bounce ability has become even more crucial as we all face an increasingly turbulent world. I get up every morning and wonder what will happen next. You may too.  If you do, you might try these three tips to toughen up your bounce power.

Psychologists tell us we can handle change, stress and ongoing bad times if we work on our skills to bounce back.

MindBodyGreen.com recently offered these three tips. I have been trying them, and I am happy to tell you they work. Too often life is still a drag, but these simple steps make it more tolerable.

Look for the gold in every situation - One of the things that really harms us the most in a difficult situation is the way we feel about it. When we walk off after a horrible argument, or get into a  big tussle with a loved one, those feelings of pain and guilt go with us.

On the other hand, if we find the patience to go back to talk again to really solve an argument, or find a way to resolve the tussle with a loved one, we will learn a lot and carry away real gold from the situation.  Whenever you get involved in a trying situation, see if you can learn from it and find the silver lining.  That may make the path smoother in the future as you grow stronger.     

Know what your psychological muscles are - Most of us quickly figure out what we are good at when we deal with trying situations and difficult people. You may be really good at finding the humor in every situation, or able to turn a bad situation around with a tactful remark.  If you are not sure what your strengths are, think about who you are and what has worked best in the past. Meditation or spirituality may give you the confidence and perception to polish your people skills.   

Cut yourself some slack - Most of us are more patient with others than we are with ourselves. When we remember to give ourselves a little more room to make mistakes, and the encouragement to try again, we may gradually pick up speed as we gain strength to handle anything that comes along. 

Give it a try and watch what happens next.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see  your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Saint Peters, Mo.

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