Five Ways to Build Resilience

When you think of the word “resilience,” what comes to mind? Strong? Unbeatable? Weatherproof? When it comes your health and wellness, resilience—as defined by the American Psychological Association—is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.” In working with my patients, I like to compare resilience—and specifically strengthening it—to the analogy of weight lifting to build muscle. The more we practice lifting those weights, the stronger we feel. Also, if an injury does happen, we heal faster. So how do we train for greater resiliency? We all know that, in life, we don’t have control over the many things that happen to us. But we can learn how to respond rather than react to life. Over time and with practice,…
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