Summer is a great time to focus on renewing and refreshing our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. An important aspect of that renewal is strengthening and building our resilience.
That’s why I’d like to invite you to join in The Rose Remedy’s Resilience Reset Challenge!
As its name implies, this challenge is designed to help you improve your resilience. Each week for the next little while, I and other coaches for The Rose Remedy will pull together strategies aimed at helping you strengthen your resilience, and improve your health and happiness.
So what exactly is resilience?
“Resilience is the learned capacity to cope with any level of adversity, from a series of small annoyances to the struggles and sorrows that break our hearts, to the utter disasters that change our lives forever,” says psychotherapist, consultant and trainer Linda Graham.
“Resilience is essential for surviving and thriving in a world full of troubles and tragedies, and it is completely trainable and recoverable — when we know how,” she adds.
Resilience is not only our ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity or the like, but it is also a necessary quality to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.
So how can you start to work on building your own resilience? Strategy No. 1 is all about focusing on relaxation.
When confronted with a stressor, the fastest and easiest way to elicit the relaxation response is to deep breathe.
I advise clients to focus on exhaling slowly and gently to the count of five, and then automatically take a deep breath in. Slowing the breathing calms our nervous systems and allows us to think more logically, creatively and intuitively.
Another technique I would like to share is a great mind-body guided relaxation meditation brought to you by health coach Rob Sugar, who works with The Rose Remedy to help clients counteract stressful reactions and reduce stress signs and symptoms.
The meditation will help to create the relaxation response, which, physiologically, counteracts the fight-or-flight reactions. In this meditation, he incorporates feelings of love.
Many studies have shown that positive emotions, such as feelings of love, have positive physiological effects, including improved heart-rate variability and a greater sense of well-being.
Please click here to find the mind-body guided relaxation meditation.
Please let us know how these relaxation efforts worked for you. Next week: A focus on spiritual health.