Finding Strength During Difficult Times
Health Benefits of Builing Resilience and Compassion
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.
As we approach the Thanksgiving season, our thoughts naturally turn towards refelction and gratitutde for everything in our lives that bring us happiness and joy. This is especically important when the world seems to be moving from one crisis to another. Whether the source of disruption in your life is a global emergency or a personal issue – or both – builing reslience can help you better adapt to life-changing events, cope with uncertain times, and bounce back from hardship.
Building resilience can help you to:
-Stay focued, flexible and producutive
-Feel less afraid of new experiences
-Manage and tolerate strong emotions
-Improve communication skills, especially under pressure
-Boost mood and self-esteem
Being resilient allows us to overcome adverstity and take a moment to acknowledge our gratitude for those important things in life. Personally, I am working on changing the way I think about certain situations in which I have no control and really appreciating the miracles in my life.
I am also working on compassion, both for myself and for others. According to Dr. Kristin Neff, compassion literally means “to suffer together”. It is defined as the feeling that arrises when you are confronterd with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.
5 tips to Build Resilience
PRACTICE ACCEPTANCE — Change is a part of life but there are many things we cannot control. Trying to control circumstances out of your control will drain you of energy and bring stress. Instead, accepting your current situation can free up time to devote your energy to things you do have control over.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS — Draw strength from having others to lean on. Prioritize friendships. Nothing carries the same health benefits as connecting face-to-face with someone you care about. Even if you don’t feel like it, keep up with social activities.
PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE — When your body feels strong and healthy, your brain will too. Daily exercise reduces stress. Take the time to breathe and meditate. Get a good night’s sleep. Eatting healthy meals can give you the energy to focus and tackle the challenges you may face.
LOOK FOR MEANING AND PURPOSE— Focus on doing the activities in life that you love. This helps to maintain your identity and meaning in life. Help others by volunteering, donating, orbeing active in a cause that is meaningful to you. Adopt an attitude of gratitude.
STAY MOTIVATED — In order to stay motivated and perserve during tough times, deal with any problems one step at a time. Break issues down into smaller, more manegble steps. Celebrate small successes. As a health coach, I always encourge others to “Transform your health, one small step at a time.”
I am extremely grateful to have you as part of my community. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank you for all that you do to improve your own health and the health of the people you love! I’d like to wish you and your family, a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!
November is Gratitude Month, and we want to express our heartfelt appreciation to our amazing clients! Your support and loyalty mean the world to us. Thank you for being part of our journey. Your trust and patronage have helped us grow, and we’re excited to continue serving you. Let’s make this holiday season even brighter together. Thank you, and happy November!
To your good health,