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The ability to handle stress comes in handy when your newborn is crying and your toddler has decided to tear off his clothes and dash through the house right when the UPS man rings the doorbell. And now research has determined the exact qualities that can ensure you will thrive under the pressure, find out if you’ve got what it takes.

Scientists at the University of Bath have just published their findings in European Psychologist after researching several studies on the traits that help people succeed under certain circumstances. From the data, they created two lists, one of personality traits and the other of external influences. The factors on both lists are ones that people who thrive under stress share in common, however, it is not necessary to possess all the qualities, but some combination of them.

The list of qualities include:
Positive perspective and self-esteem
Being motivated
Being proactive
Enjoy learning
Spiritual or religious
Resilience or adapting easily
Socially competent

The external factors include:
A challenging environment
Secure attachments and trust with peers
A support group (which could be family, friends, co-workers)

As Time reports, the paper’s lead author Daniel Brown concluded that managing stress is ultimately about, “feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.” In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff, embrace your awesome mom skills and remind yourself just how great you are at parenting and you’ll be just fine.

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