A Closer Look at Resilience

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Though it may seem as though the broad application of “resilience” relegates the term to a mere buzzword, the opposite is true. Resilience is defined—and built—by a multitude of influential factors coming together to increase one’s “capacity to withstand, recover, grow and adapt in the face of stressors and changing demands.” Moreover, there are overarching areas that can help us build, sustain and reinforce resilience whether we’re exposed to adversity or are enjoying calm waters. Our minds, bodies, social experiences and spiritual connections are all vital to our resilience. Here’s a closer look:

Mind: Our minds are the centers of our emotional and cognitive capacity to prepare for or respond to challenges. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “your outlook determines your outcome,” that speaks to the exceptional abilities our minds have to frame situations, think through them, and adapt positively. If you have a hard time “finding the silver lining,” check out these tips to help you “Reframe your ‘thinking traps’ for peak performance.”

Body: Stress and our responses to it are linked to a multitude of chronic physical health problems. The good news is that by taking care of your body, you can improve both mental and physical wellness. Healthy behaviors, including physical activity, balanced nutrition and adequate sleep build our resilience from the inside out. Get the facts on “Minding Your Health” here.

Social: The connections we share with others are important to our overall well-being, contributing to positive problem-solving skills even when we don’t feel stressed out. Connections with our peers, community and environment are protective factors that have been proven to help lower susceptibility to the negative effects of stress. Additionally, by helping others through their challenges, we gain a renewed sense of purpose and strengthen our own resilience. Here’s a great example of this mutual benefit.

Spiritual: Whether you practice a particular faith or religion, or find meaningful connections in other ways, your spirituality serves as the lens from which you see and interact with the world around you. It provides a trusted set of values and ethics, helping you find meaning in life’s challenges and triumphs. Check out this article from Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control for more on spirituality and resilience.

Resilience doesn’t just evolve from prior hardships. In fact, it can be built proactively by using everyday wellness to strengthen coping skills. Don’t wait until you’re facing a challenge to take a closer look at how you can make small improvements in these four areas to be ready and thrive.

One response to “A Closer Look at Resilience

  1. resilience is notonly physical force but is composed of more aspect. mind and body may speak each another for build the true resilience for mind govern all body functions by phsyche, that is the will and its aspects, and manifest itself as sentiments like love joy, afraid, depression, excessif will of make and more others.Phsyche is a fondamental our component, the more important, and also is governed by our faith and spirituality, that done us a lymph, a peace, a force we receive by our creator. when we are aware of so we must continuatively build our resilience, that may encounter difficulties but is ever present. We may focuse our objectifs, organize our activity for join where we mus or will, exercise our mind, antain able our body to do what we have decided or we must do. It is imperatif this interplay is ever mantained and exerted, it is imperatif we rest, sleeping for the necessarty time. A mental training is necessary and also control our health status is so, for body transmit request to our mind that elaborate the acts we must. Not easy ever if not difficult. our spirituaity and faith are essential to do so for the dialogue with our Creator is indispensble more than the air we respir claudio alpaca

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