Yesterday’s post looked at the importance of our mindset when building resilience. Today, we look at well being and how it can contribute to the overall level of resilience we have in dealing with stress, a situation out of our control, loss, trauma.
One of the greatest factors that contributes to our well being is when, upon examination, we feel good about our lives. Paramount to feeling an overall sense of satisfaction is the amount of personal control we have within them. When we are actively and purposefully designing our life by contributing to choices in our work, spirituality, social life, relationships and self-care, we are building a stronger foundation for handling a stressful situation.
Let’s take our current situation into consideration as we have needed to practice social distancing and staying at home due to the pandemic. Here are some examples of how well-established habits and well being can help in building resilience:
- Going to yoga class once a week was not possible. Two weeks into lockdown, my friend found a youtube channel she could watch and is doing yoga every morning before the world gets up (in her house anyway!)
- Can’t attend church. God loves your prayers no matter where you say them; live church services are in abundance online.
- It has been absolutely enjoyable to watch people’s inventiveness in trying to increase their ‘shared, social experiences’ from home. Musicians posting songs (both famous and not), free virtual museum tours, art lessons online, resources to help the kids temper boredom.
- In our family, we have all felt the loss of not being able to attend my sister’s Sunday dinner. A few weeks into lockdown, we established a Sunday evening video chat (and included my aunt Rita who lives in New England.) We have done a family trivia night, played Scattegories, had a theme night where we had to dress up like celebrities (using what we had at home!), and just this past week, we had to make a structure out of graham crackers and icing.
- Sleep habits, exercise, eating healthy. If those were a part of your well being goals before the pandemic, you are probably more dedicated to adjust and continue on track.
These are just a few examples of how, when faced with a stressful situation, we can adjust our sails. When we are purposefully contributing to a healthier life in general, we will lean into those coping strategies when times get tough. Our overall well being plays an important role in feeling resilient. 🙂
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