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What is Resilience and Why Does it Matter?

Let’s talk about resilience. What is it, and why does it matter?

My forthcoming workbook is all about helping you resource yourself for resilience. I want to define resilience (as I use it) and explain why I think it matters and, more importantly, why it’s relevant to you.

According to the American Psychological Association, “Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.”

What strikes me about this definition is the phrase, “adapting well.” When we are adaptable—not tough or rigid, but flexible and responsive—we are able to show up for ourselves and our circumstances much more effectively. In becoming more resilient, we increase our capacity to tolerate—even flow with—challenging circumstances. 

Our nervous systems are literally able to process and be at ease with a wider range of experiences, from the mildly annoying to the truly intense. When we’re resilient, we’re much more equipped to navigate the stress of hardship and uncertainty with ease and grace.

I care a lot about the topic of resilience because I believe that it is relevant to every single one of us. In my extensive work with clients and students, I’ve observed that how resilient someone is (or isn’t) is one of the biggest factors that determines their quality of life.

The good news is resilience can be cultivated. How?

By managing our stress, healing our trauma, advocating for our needs, enacting healthy boundaries, taking care of ourselves, leaning on our support systems… and of course, identifying and engaging with our resources.

In my soon to be released Claiming Your Resources workbook, you’ll have an opportunity not just to learn more about resources and how to utilize them, but some other tips and tricks to tap into your resilience. 

If you sign up for my newsletter (scroll down to the green form below), you’ll be among the first to receive a copy of the workbook once it’s released! Looking forward to sharing it with you soon.

 

xo, 

Lindsay

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