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(VIDEO) Why We Need Resilience and How to Build It

“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and responsibility to pick yourself up.” –  Mary Holloway

2020 has been unlike any other year.

Carlette Bradley, from Erie County, knows that all too well. Earlier this year, her life was turned upside down. Back in June, Carlette suddenly lost her husband, Antwain, to a heart attack. Her birthday was a few days later.

While grieving, Carlette, an ordained minister at Edison Street Community Church in Buffalo, N.Y., manages to continue to encourage, uplift and inspire others through her social media pages.

Recently, Kandis Fuller, communications manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, interviewed Carlette on how to overcome adversity during tough times. Watch the video to learn more.


Carlette’s Tips for Building Resilience

  1. Connect between being productive and your well-being
  2. Live a life of gratitude
  3. Emotional intelligence – develop a high sense of self-awareness
  4. Know your triggers
  5. Practice your new behaviors

Resilience Resources

To learn more about resiliency, check out a few of Carlette’s book suggestions:

  • “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
  • “Mindset: Changing the Way You Think To Fulfil Your Potential” by Dr. Carol S. Dweck
  • “Until Today!: Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind” by Iyanla Vanzant
  • Any book by John Maxwell
Erika Gruszewski

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