Resilience has easily been one of the biggest buzzwords over the last 24 months and it’s not hard to guess why. It’s been a challenging year for several reasons (but mostly because of the-pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named). Economically, politically and socially, we’ve seen a whirlwind of changes happening. Let’s just say the world is a bit more challenging at the moment than it used to be. That’s where resilience comes in. When we’re facing challenges, resilience helps us to stand firm and not be swept away in the tide of emotions or external forces. That’s why building resilience should be your top priority this year.
“Great, guys!”, you might say. “But what is it, really?!“, you might ask. Great question.
The scientific description, according to the American Psychological Association, is: Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. They say resilience involves “bouncing back” from difficult experience… We say that what they say is spot-on.
Unpleasant events can be difficult and even traumatic, but you don’t have to let these challenges determine the outcome of your life. They don’t have to dictate how you feel, respond or perform. Yes, they can have an effect but you can choose how to react to them. You can use strategies to build your resilience and boost your ability to “take charge” of your stress by better regulating your energy and general state of being throughout the day. You may even discover that in some cases your stress is not coming from where you think it is.
Great! How do I get it?
There are many ways to build resilience. Now, I need you to take a deep breath and hear me out on this – one of the best ways to build resilience is through breathing exercises. (See what I did there? Breathe). A great breathing technique is HeartMath’s science-based techniques to change the way your body responds to stimuli and thus change your whole physiological and neurological system. It can help you get back on track, right where you are.
Like building a muscle, increasing your resilience takes time and deliberate intent. To fully benefit from these techniques, regular practice is essential. Once you can master your response, you can use it in the moment of a challenging situation or interaction, without people even knowing you are using them.
Listen to the Audio (English) or (Afrikaans) to guide you through one of HeartMath’s techniques, called Quick Coherence ®. It’s a simple breathing technique that you can use to prepare for or reset after stressful situations. By regularly practicing it, you will be able to access this focused state more easily and use this state of being when you need it most.
Something to consider:
Being resilient will not protect you from adverse events happening to you, but it can protect you from losing your grip.
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