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It's a new year and 2013 can be your best year ever.
"When life delivers a bunch of lemons, a person could fall apart and spend months trying to recover, or just pick the lemons, make lemonade, and enjoy a nice cool drink," says clinical psychologist Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, founder of WomenSpeak.com. "Resilient people bounce back from difficult situations and remain cool, calm and collected. They are ready to seek solutions and get back on track."
To ring in the new year, Dr. O’Reilly discusses 13 critical techniques for increasing mental toughness and resilience.
1) Take a deep breath. This activity actually prepares the body for better performance. Lack of oxygen can cause headaches, backaches or tight shoulders. Deep breathing is calming and energizing.
2) Get physical. Getting the heart pumping creates important changes in the body and provides a sense of control. Physical fitness is important to resilience.