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Building Resilience during the Holidays

The holiday season evokes a wide range of emotions. It can heighten how you feel whether you are happy, sad or somewhere in between. As we end 2021 now is the time to examine how you are coping and look for ways to become more resilient.

Resilience is the mental fortitude that helps us get through stress and loss. It's the hard-won ability to adapt and even thrive during tough times. When facing difficulty, resilient people are able to have compassion for themselves and recover their sense of well-being more easily. As we look to the new year, consider these strategies for building your inner strength.

🎅Let yourself be nostalgic

"Nostalgia increases our desire to pursue important life goals and confidence that we can accomplish them.", Dr. Clay Routledge.

😕Honestly evaluate your emotions

"Acknowledge your feelings by journaling about them or talking to someone you trust. After expressing your emotions honestly, focus on what you can control, such as your thoughts, attitudes and actions moving forward.",

🏃‍♂️Make well-being a top priority

Get plenty of rejuvenating sleep each night, eat healthy, maintain balance, get regular exercise and spend time outdoors. I find my daily walks not only help manage my stress and help me to sleep better but breathing in the fresh air helps my circulatory system & brain deal with the desk work I have.

👨‍👨‍👧‍👧Connect with other people

Research suggests that caring for other people is one of the best ways to build resilience and find purpose. Take time to handwrite cards, schedule video calls or organize a virtual game night. I find using Facebook a time for me to connect with my friends and family.

🎶Find joy in your routines

A few simple routines can add comfort and pleasure to any day. My morning ritual of reading has centered me, given me calm enjoyment and something to look forward to. You can take your dog for a walk, do meditation or work on a craft or hobby.

😍Look for the good in life

Clinical psychologist and author Rick Hanson explains that our brains tend to act like Velcro with negative experiences and Teflon with positive ones. Make yourself remember the positive aspects of your life by writing in a gratitude journal or taking a photo of one thing each day that makes you smile.

🎂Do something lighthearted

Break the cycle of stress and anxiety by finding some levity in you day. Watch a TV show that makes you laugh, listen to a podcast or reinvest in a hobby you have neglected. My Netflix TV time in the evening is my wind down - get away from the stress of the day, chill and it makes me happy!

This year has been challenging for all of us, but difficult times provide the most opportunity for growth. You may be surprised at how strikingly resilient you have become. I know I have.💜

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