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Updated: Feb 24


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"Balance is not something you find, it's something you create." - Jana Kingsford



So… Just Why Is Having a Balanced Lifestyle Essential..?
  1. Daily Life: Holistic wellness addresses not only nutrition and exercise but also sleep, hydration, and stress management which are fundamental to your overall wellbeing. It’s easy to get off track during the holidays, and even more so if you are already stressed. Incorporating small, sustainable habits on a daily basis really can collectively contribute to a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

  2. Fueling Your Body for Balance: First and foremost, please know that a well-balanced diet has profound effects on your wellness. There is an intricate relationship between nutrient intake and its potential to enhance energy levels, boost mental clarity, and foster enduring health benefits.

  3. Nurturing Mental and Emotional Equilibrium: You can truly uncover better mental resilience and emotional balance through mindfulness practices. And, yes, just a few minutes daily can make a profound difference. We’re happy to help you discover how incorporating moments of reflection and stress-reducing techniques can enhance your overall quality of life.


A Couple of Concepts around Resilience
  1. Self-Care and Self-Compassion: In the realm of holistic health, self-care and self-compassion are vital for building resilience. Self-care involves actively taking steps to preserve or improve your health. It also encompasses mental health practices like setting boundaries, engaging in activities that bring joy, and seeking support when needed. Self-compassion extends this concept by encouraging individuals to treat yourself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, especially during difficult times. This approach reduces negative self-talk and promotes a positive mindset, which is crucial for resilience. Together, self-care and self-compassion create a foundation for enduring well-being and the ability to bounce back from adversity.

  2. Community and Social Support: Strong community ties and social support are fundamental to holistic health and resilience. Humans are social beings, and a sense of belonging and connection is crucial for mental health. Supportive relationships provide emotional comfort, practical assistance, and a sense of security, which are all important for resilience in the face of life's challenges. Community involvement, whether through social groups, clubs, religious organizations, or volunteer work, fosters a sense of purpose and belonging. This interconnectedness not only helps in coping with stress and adversity but also contributes to a deeper sense of fulfillment and overall well-being.


Adaptability and Your Resilience…

If you spend time in my practice, with the groups I facilitate, or at my retreats, you’ll learn a lot about adaptability and especially about resilience. Resilience is one of the ‘foundationals’ in my work. In short, the more resilient you are, the better you cope.


Adaptability and resilience are cornerstones of psychological well-being, essential for navigating the complexities and uncertainties of life. And life can be challenging!


Adaptability refers to our ability to adjust our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in response to changing circumstances. It's a dynamic process, involving a willingness to learn from experiences and to apply those lessons in future situations. Resilience, closely intertwined with adaptability, is our capacity to recover from difficulties and to spring back into shape—or return to stasis— after facing adversity.


It's not just about enduring the challenges life might throw our way, it’s also about growing and evolving through them.


The scientific community has extensively explored these concepts. According to the American Psychological Association, resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone (APA, 2012). This perspective aligns with the neuroplasticity of the brain, which allows for adaptability and change throughout life (Davidson & McEwen, 2012). Moreover, studies in positive psychology emphasize the role of adaptability in coping with change and stress (Snyder, 2000).

As an experiential psychotherapist, I see adaptability and resilience not just as concepts, but as lived experiences. They are not inherent traits, but skills that can be honed. Through mindfulness practices, cognitive restructuring, and experiential learning, individuals can enhance their adaptability and resilience. These practices help in recognizing and altering unhelpful patterns, fostering a growth mindset, and cultivating a sense of control and agency.


Ultimately, adaptability and resilience are about embracing life's uncertainties with a learning attitude. They are about finding balance and strength within oneself and using that foundation to face life's ever-changing landscape with confidence and grace.


My forthcoming book, Damaged Rudders: Healing through Yoga, Creativity and the Connections to Our Divinity goes into substantial detail about resilience (we’re in final production, it will be available soon!) More soon!


Big hugs,

Laura



References:

  1. American Psychological Association. (2012). Building your resilience.

  2. Davidson, R. J., & McEwen, B. S. (2012). Social influences on neuroplasticity: Stress and interventions to promote well-being. Nature Neuroscience, 15(5), 689-695.

  3. Snyder, C. R. (2000). Handbook of hope: Theory, measures, and applications. Academic Press.


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