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:
“Between the stimulus and the response is a space, and in that space lies your power and freedom.” – Viktor Frankl
- Own it! Accept full responsibility for our life. We may not be responsible for some of the things that happen to us, but once we become adults in the free world, we are responsible for our response.
- 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. Letting go is as liberating as it is difficult.
- Gratitude. Practice being grateful for life and all it contains. Gratitude enlarges our life.
- Learn to say “No.” Not every good thing needs to be done by you.
- Learn to say “Yes!” Step into our 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.