‘To laugh is to risk appearing a fool
To weep is to risk being called sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The people who risk nothing may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But they cannot learn, feel, change, grow or really live.
Chained by their servitude they are slaves who have forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is truly free.’
Strategies to Build Emotional Resilience
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about developing Emotional Resilience. Today we’re looking at 4 quick and easy strategies to help you build emotional resilience.
Get the Basics Right
Let’s face it, if you don’t have enough energy, stamina and fitness to get through the day it will influence your mindset, your choices and your reactions. To build emotional resilience we need to get the basics right
•Eat Well – more vegies, more salads, more real foods, more cooking.
●Daily Exercise – you don’t have to like it, you just have to do it. Although it does help to find something you do enjoy and someone who will exercise with you and who will keep you accountable
●Adequate Sleep – 7-8 hours is the aim.
More Time for Fun
When was the last time you had fun? Do you actually remember the things you used to do to have fun? Isn’t it funny how life just gets so busy that we forget about the interests and hobbies we used to engage in for pure enjoyment? It is well worth thinking about. Having a balance between work and play has a huge impact on our health, our vitality, our longevity and our happiness.
Address Self Limiting Statements
Sue Barrett suggests changing self-limiting statements to questions. ‘Self-limiting statements like “I can’t handle this!” or “This is impossible!” are particularly damaging because they increase your stress in a given situation and they stop you from searching for solutions. The next time you find yourself thinking something that limits the possibilities of a given situation, turn it into a question. “How can I handle this?” or “How is this possible?” sounds more hopeful and opens up your imagination to new possibilities?’ (www.barrett.com.au).
Focus on your Strengths
Have you noticed we tend to spend a lot of time focusing on our weaknesses, forever striving to turn a weakness into a strength and often becoming disheartened and exhausted in the meantime? Research shows that it takes 5000-10,000 hours practice (or 2 hours daily practice for 5-10 years) to create strong neural pathways. And strengths are basically these strong neural pathways in the brain. But rather than spending the majority of our lives just focusing and trying to improve on our weakness – what if we focused on our strengths?
Your strengths are those things that engage you, energize you and excite you. When we are using our strengths, it can often be referred to as “Moments of Flow”. Think about a time when you were completely absorbed in what you were doing, you lost track of time and you felt completely satisfied after. This can be referred to as a ‘moment of flow’. And it’s during these times we feel happier and more content within ourselves. The challenge now is to start refocusing your days to incorporate your strengths.
“Because it’s Not a Rehearsal”
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