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BOUNCE BACK STRONGER

 
What is resilience?  Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events.  There are 5 recognized pillars of resilience, we will focus on each of these in this campaign.
  • Self-Awareness, combating cognetive distortions, and how to implement positive self talk
  • Self-Care
  • Mindfulness
  • Conectedness, strong relationships
  • Understanding and defining your purpose

The best place to start to see how resilient you are is to take this quiz:

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Positive self thought in combating self distortions

Learning to be aware of some of our negative thought tendancies is necessary for being able to address them.  Take a look at these common distortions and ask yourself "do you fall into any of these thought traps?"

Common Cognitive Distortions

Now that you have reveiwed common distortions, which ones do you relate to?  Review this worksheet on how to combat negative thought patterns:

Challenging Negative Thougts

Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is quite the buzz word these days.  We hear all the time that we should practice self-care.  But what is self-care exactly?  Take a listen to this Ted-Talk.  Self-care may not mean what the self-care industry wants you to think it means.

Self-Care Ted Talk

There are 1,440 minutes in a day, your challenge is to set aside 10 minutes for self-care over the next 10 days.  Refer to this link for our library of free self care activities:

Self-Care Experiment

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of your present.  More To Come...

Learn how to practice mindfulness with this breathing technique:

4-7-8 Breathing Technique

What Yoga Taught Me About Resiliency - Blog

Social Connections

Humans are hard wired for social interaction.  However, when a person experiences trama, a natural response could be to retreat into isolation.  The key to healing and building resilience is connection with others who can validate, empathize, and understand our feelings and experiences.  People you can rely on without fear of judgement anytime are known as your 4am friends.  These are people you can call at anytime who would be there to support you and let you know that you are not alone.  Take a look at this worksheet, who are your 4am friends?

Social Connections Worksheet

Defining Your Purpose

Your purpose or your "why" is the foundation of your resilience building and your commitment to improving yourself daily.  Take a look this worksheet and think about your life commitments, then think about why you really need to do them.  When you list what you need to do sometimes our thoughts could go in a negative direction.  Try to use some of what we learned about positive thought awareness to rewrite any of those negative thought distortions.  For example, one of my life commitments is that I wake up at 4:50am every day, my "why" is because I get to work out and focus on my needs for the start of my day.

Defining Your Purpose Worksheet