Resilience is our capacity to prepare for, recover from, and adapt in the face of stress and adversity. Stress is part of the experience of life. However, un-mitigated stress can profoundly affect our health and increase our risk for developing chronic disease. In fact, the American Institute of Stress reported that about 75- 90% of all doctor visits are for stress-related issues.
My Top Practices for a Resilient Life:
- Own it! Accept full responsibility for your life. You may not be responsible for some of the things that happen to you, but you are responsible for how you respond. Therein lies your power.
- Let it go! One of the most difficult things to do is to learn to let go of what no longer serves the best interests of our lives. These include unhealthy relationships, bitter emotions, stale dreams, rigid ideals, and countless things. It is as liberating as it is difficult.
- Gratitude. Practice being grateful for life and all it contains. Express your appreciation for the people who have added to your life.
- Learn to say “No.” Not every good thing needs to be done by you.
- Learn to say “Yes!” Step into your fears and say “yes” to experiencing all that life has for you.
- Meditation. This practice is beneficial for creating a greater sense of calm and awareness.
- Positive Emotions. Connect to the emotions that elevate you – love, gratitude, forgiveness, kindness, peace. Find the people and practices that do this for you.