3 Ways to Bounce Back from Adversity

Medically reviewed in January 2020

There's new data on how to take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Like the old Timex watch commercials, the key to longevity is resilience -- the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. For about 20% of us (some research shows the numbers are higher) it comes naturally: You're glad to get back into of the swing of life pretty quickly, and feel stronger for having weathered the storm. For others, bouncing back is a long, slow slog through the blues until you come out the other side.

Fortunately, everyone can learn how to gain the health benefits of resilience: less stress, lower risk of heart disease, and less depression and anxiety. Here are three ways you can strengthen your ability to bounce back:

  1. Cultivate an optimistic outlook. This is an important part of being resilient. For us, looking on the bright side is enhanced with daily meditation. This is how we say bye to the stress that causes grumpiness. Here are some tips to help you feel happier.
  2. Keep your body strong and limber. How? Eat a diet powered by lean protein and lots of veggies, fruits, and 100% whole grains. When you feel physically strong, your self-esteem increases. That's another vital part of resilience.
  3. Nurture your social connections. They provide security and love, and help keep emotions on an even keel. As blood pressure decreases, ability to cope goes up.

So, reach out and touch someone -- physically and emotionally. Remember, two hugs are better than one!

Take the first steps to growing younger and healthier with the RealAge Test.

More On

Stretch for a Longer Life

video

Stretch for a Longer Life
Flexibility may be an indicator of health. Watch this video to uncover the benefits of stretching, which might just include a decreased risk of a hear...
How Finding Your Purpose Can Boost Your Health

article

How Finding Your Purpose Can Boost Your Health
It’s never too late to discover your purpose in life, and it may even help you live longer.
5 Things You Need to Know About Aging

slideshow

5 Things You Need to Know About Aging
Your body may not work as well as it used to, but you can slow down the effects of time.
100 to 100: Drink to Your Health

video

100 to 100: Drink to Your Health
Don't be so quick to give up your vices! A daily drink (or two) could add years to your life.
100 to 100: Start the New Year Right

video

100 to 100: Start the New Year Right
Your journey to live to 100 starts with making simple changes each day! Join Sharecare's 100 Days to 100 Years and live the youngest, healthiest you.