Painful, stressful, life-altering events happen to all of us at some point in our lives. These traumas may last mere seconds or they may be part of your daily existence; they may be emotional, physical or acts of nature. You may be ambushed by these moments or they may be slowly building in intensity over years, decades even. The common thread? They change your life forever. The key to moving through them intact? Resilience.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as, “An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Now, don’t misunderstand the “[easy]” part of that definition. “[Easy]” doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t feel pain, sadness or heartbreak. We can and should feel whatever emotions come up when dealing with changing circumstances (never miss your opportunity to grieve!).
Even if you don’t feel like you are currently resilient, fear not, friends, because resilience is not an inherent trait (at least it hasn’t been determined to be so as of this recording), which means you can learn skills that can help you bounce back a little easier.
In this episode, we share the most important factor for resilience in adults and, especially, children. We talk about the times in our lives when resilience takes a back seat to surviving and why that’s okay! We also quote some really great tips from the American Psychological Association on how you can begin practicing the action and mindset of resilience.
Please enjoy this super important episode and let us know what you think!
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Mentioned in this episode:
- American Psychological Association – “The Road to Resilience”
- Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child – “Key Concepts: Resilience”
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