There is one golden rule in marshal arts. When the opponent hits, your first effort should not be to stop it but to avoid it. If you waste your energy to stop others’ efforts, you will not have enough energy to fight at last.
This is the law of energy efficiency for an human being. Conserve your energy. Talk less, understand more. Spend at least 10 minutes a day peacefully in a silent place. Within this deep silence, re-charge yourself. This kind of conserved energy will be very helpful to you in turbulent times.