Resilience in Times of Crisis


What are you noticing about your thoughts?

You have likely noticed that there is a lot of talk about “resilience’ these days as we all adapt to our new reality. You may have even referred to yourself as not being as resilient. So, what does resilience mean?

Resilience is…

Many people would define resilience as bouncing back. Let’s look at a few definitions:

  • Merriam-Webster:  an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
  •  ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy

By cultivating resilience, it is possible to navigate our emotions, learn from them, and harness inner resources to adapt and move forward constructively.

Your Emotions

At time of writing, we are still relatively early in this pandemic journey. You’ve probably noticed that each week has felt a little bit different than the one before with a variety of emotions – and that’s ok. Don’t ignore your emotions.

Take note of your emotions. Notice where you feel them in your body. Notice the impact these emotions have on you and what they are telling you about yourself. Becoming more self-aware is the foundation of emotional intelligence and the more aware you are, the better equipped you will be to deal with situations by regulating your emotional state.

Your Best Self in Times of Crisis

Today’s resource that I would like to share with you is a Ted Talk by Susan David, PhD, Psychologist at the Harvard Medical School, entitled: How to be Your Best Self in Times of Crisis. Click on the image below to be redirected to this Ted Talk.

One Take Away

There are a number of valuable insights that Susan David shares in this Ted Talk. In particular, I would like to underscore Susan’s point of identifying your emotions, for example sadness. Rather than saying “I am sad” replace that statement with “I am feeling sad.” Try this strategy consistently and observe how the impact of the emotion changes for you.

Share Your Take Away

I hope you find this video meaningful. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts after viewing this video in the comments section of this blog post.

Stay Apart and Stay Safe

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