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Foster optimism to build your emotional resilience
September 1, 2021 — Human Resources

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This month, challenge yourself to develop on emotional resilience and how you can increase your ability to adapt to changes positively. The ever-changing realities of our world today can challenge our sense of control, however, developing coping skills can help increase emotional resilience.

Emotional resilience refers to one's ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. More resilient people are able to roll with the punches and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties. Less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor.

This month’s mental wellness tip encourages you to foster optimism. Looking on the bright side can keep one going, but that doesn’t have to equate to denying challenges. Truly resilient people who acknowledge difficulties and still accomplish goals can do so by balancing a positive outlook with a realistic view of the world. Realistic and resilient optimists pay close attention to negative information that is relevant to the problems they face. However, they do not remain focused on the negative. They tend to disengage from problems that are not in their sphere of influence.

Take a look at your challenges and ask yourself what is within your control. With this renewed focus, you can have a better outlook and outcome with whatever challenges you encounter.

Get more information and tips on the Emotional Wellness Channel.

If you, a family member or a team member are struggling with feelings or emotions that interfere with the ability to engage in daily life, reach out to the team at Miami-Dade Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Our EAP counselors support employees with resources that can assist with emotional and mental wellness.

Due to current CDC recommendations, the EAP is providing virtual and telephonic assessments for all employees. To set up a virtual or telephonic assessment with an EAP counselor, call 305-375-3293. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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