RESILIENCY: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO CULTIVATE MORE OF IT

What you should know about resiliency

  • Helps with overcoming adversity and adapting to change
  • Allows us to go with the flow
  • Mitigates stress, fear and self-doubt
  • Becoming resilient takes time and requires practice
  • Seek help if you aren’t making progress or don’t know where to start

UnknownWhat we know about the brain and how it works

  • Empathy for others is experienced as pain – the same neurons fire and cause suffering whether by direct or indirect experience
  • Imaginary is real-same nerve bundles fire whether imaginary or not
  • Brain can’t discern between broken heart and broken leg-it’s all pain

Why we need resiliency

  • Helps rebound after loss
  • Develops healthy coping mechanisms to handle setbacks and stress
  • Helps offset factors that increase your risk of mental health conditions
  • Improves your ability to cope
  • Improves inner strength and develops a stronger constitution

How to cultivate greater resiliency

  • History supports modern findings that inner contentment is found by a gratitude practice
  • Compassion for others also benefits the self by defeating fear and self-doubt
  • Meaningful and altruistic activities help you feel safe and worthy
  • Cultivating gratitude and compassion will serve you better than the pursuit of happiness

Additional helpful practices to cultivate resiliency

  1. Get connected-develop strong positive relationships, networks, and communities
  2. Set meaningful goals
  3. Recognize and learn successful skills and strategies from your experiences
  4. Understand that all things change
  5. Reach out for help when in crisis
  6. Develop supportive networks
  7. Take care of yourself
  8. Eat well
  9. Get healthy amounts of sleep
  10. Practice relaxation, yoga, meditation, breathing practices, etc.
  11. Be proactive

Resources: Dr Amit Sood-Mayo Clinic

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