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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- ADAPTABILITY: Thriving in Change

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"Adaptability is not about resisting change, but about learning to dance with it." - Arianna Huffington

3 Keys to Fostering Adaptability…
  1. Mindset Mastery: Cultivating a growth mindset is foundational to adaptability. Think about it for a moment…are you rigid? Defensive? Adverse to new experiences? It’s imperative to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. A mindset that sees change as a chance to evolve opens doors to new possibilities and yes, creates better resilience.

  2. Flexible Strategies: Adaptability also thrives on flexibility. Thus, we need to develop versatile strategies that can help us pivot with changing circumstances. This is where therapy, groups and retreats can be very beneficial. Being open to different approaches and new ways of doing and seeing things ensures better resilience in the face of uncertainty.

  3. Learning Resilience: The journey of adaptability often involves setbacks—and the setbacks can indeed become a steppingstone towards greater strength, resilience and fortitude. (And please remember, sometimes a ‘no’ is just a ‘not right now.’)

A Couple of Concepts:
  1. Resilience Boost: Embracing change enhances mental resilience—and building resilience is something we talk about a lot in the work we do together! When we adapt to new things, new situations, or new ways of living, we build the capacity to navigate through adversity—and we build new neural pathways. And, importantly, this process of overcoming “new” in the form of challenges can help foster a more robust mental and emotional foundation.

  2. Embracing Opportunities: While some of us fear change, change often brings unexpected—and sometimes wonderful— opportunities. By adapting to new situations, we open doors to possibilities that we might not have encountered if we had a more rigid mindset. Remember, adaptability is the gateway to discovering hidden potentials.

A Quick Overview:  Dive into the Science of Adaptability

Adaptability isn't merely a subjective concept; it's deeply rooted in the intricate workings of our brains and psychology. Neuroscientific studies have illuminated the fascinating phenomenon of neuroplasticity, (something we’ve explored briefly in an earlier 3 2 1 Newsletter) showcasing the brain's remarkable ability to reorganize itself in response to learning, experience, and environmental changes. This adaptive quality allows our brains to form new neural connections, optimizing cognitive function and molding our responses to the evolving world around us.

Research in psychology likewise underscores the profound impact of adaptability on our mental well-being. Studies suggest that individuals with higher levels of adaptability exhibit lower levels of stress and anxiety. The neurobiological underpinnings of this phenomenon involve the intricate interplay of neurotransmitters and neural circuits, revealing how an adaptable mindset can act as a protective shield against the detrimental effects of chronic stress.

Resilience is, in party, our ability to bounce back and understanding the science behind adaptability provides a solid foundation for appreciating its significance in fostering mental resilience. As we grasp the intricate dance between our neural architecture and adaptability, we gain insights into why embracing change is not just beneficial but vital for our overall cognitive and emotional health.


  1. Tugade, M. M., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2004). Resilient individuals use positive emotions to bounce back from negative emotional experiences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

  2. Masten, A. S. (2001). Ordinary magic: Resilience processes in development. American Psychologist.

  3. Draganski, B., & May, A. (2008). Training‐induced structural changes in the adult human brain. Behavioral Brain Research.


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