“Resiliency is being able to bounce back during stressful times, and there are lots of ways you can build resilience. It’s not a set character trait—it is more like learning an instrument. Some people pick it up, and it comes easily and naturally. For others, it takes more learning and practicing,” says Girl Scout alum Deborah Fernandez-Turner, an Arizona-based psychiatrist and medical director for health insurer Aetna.
Here’s her advice on how to build resilience as a foundation for the strength and endurance you need to face your stress and challenges head-on.