More Resilience

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“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
Steve Maraboli

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Resilience is the ability to bounce back from tough situations and to avoid becoming a victim of helplessness. Being resilient can help you manage stress, lower your chances of depression, and it has even been proven to make people live longer.

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Once we learn to seize our life by the reins and prepare for the unexpected, we are on our way to being a more resilient person – and to living a happier, more purpose-filled life as a result.

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Psychologists agree that some people seem to be born with more resilience than others. But they also say that it is possible for all of us to cultivate more of it. One key is adjusting how we think about adversity.

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According to Darcy Smith, PhD ‘Resilience refers to our capacity to deal with discomfort and adversity, but it’s not just a reactive skill set. The same characteristics that make us resilient are traits that enrich our lives.’

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Researchers have shown you can bolster your own resilience. Here are some ways to help you keep resilient;

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Having a goal and dreams increases resilience. Simply bumbling along and letting life take you wherever it will reduces resilience and leaves you open to manipulation, poor life choices, and being a doormat. It reduces our sense of control over our life, which easily leads to despondency.

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While it is easy to let go of important relationships in our frenetic lives, it is important to make room for them. Good relationships are a pillar of rock for resilience and are a source of support when the times get tough. Maintaining good family and friend relationships provides an instant, trustworthy and reliable support network around us at all times.

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Maintaining resilience relies on strong, healthy minds and bodies. What we eat fuels our bodies in order to respond to the demands that come our way, both physically and emotionally. Focus on low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, low fat proteins, and whole grains.

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Sleep has been called the ‘third pillar’ of health according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep to recharge mentally and physically for maximum energy and best functioning.

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Start to build up your resilience today.

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“Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene

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