5 Ways To Build More Resilience
We’re all looking for a bit more balance in life, to feel a bit stronger – body, mind and soul. It the best part of the work we do – helping our clients achieve goals and get their bounce back.
The journey to resilience may sometimes be simple, however sometimes it can take a bit longer. So we’ve highlighted five areas that you can look at to help build resilience in your life.
It may not be the whole answer – but it is a good start none the less.
Here are our FIVE WAYS TO BUILD MORE RESILIENCE:
There is nothing like a good night’s sleep. If you’re not getting it you absolutely feel it. We can’t just name one culprit when it comes to the reason you’re not sleeping well. However, there are a few things you can try to improve it. Turn the screens off, science says it isn’t helping. Try a cup of good quality herbal tea or tonic to help you switch your mind off and get to sleep easier. Or try some pre-bed meditation to help you get some sleep (we love Insight Timer or Headspace).
2. Stress Support
Stress is the evil twin of resilience. The more stress you feel, the less strength you have. Life these days is fast paced, busy and often stressful. Finding balance with work/family/friends is complicated. Finding tools to reduce stress is a great way to feel more resilient. Try Headrest’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course in Marrickville. We know our adaptogenic herbs are fantastic at building resilience. Incorporate movement or exercise into your life – whatever it is – yoga, dancing, pilates, walking, HIT, cycling – any movement will help.
As nutritionists we know how important food is for your body. The way you eat will impact your mood in so many ways. So finding peace with your plate, eating a whole food diet, incorporating a balance of moderate protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates will keep your focus high, your energy balanced and your mind alert. Dieting, skipping meals, missing breakfast, or under-eating will drop your resilience down to zero. Be intuitive with your body – listen to what it needs when it comes to food and you’ll find the resilience you’re after.
Finding and maintaining connections and building community is a great way to build resilience. We need human support to help us be stronger and attempt a fuller life. Our communities today are so fractured as we feel like seeing our friend’s Instagram feed is enough to know what they have been doing. Pick up the phone, speak to friends, see them regularly in real life. Receiving positive affirmations from loved ones or people we admire triggers hormones in the brain that suppress our stress response.
We often say to our clients at New Leaf that life is about balance. When it comes to lifestyle – we can’t be 100% “good” all the time, and we shouldn’t be 100% “bad”. We need balance, and often less rules enforced on ourselves to make us feel happy. It is about autonomy – one of the things we all want in life. Keeping life balanced, and not beating yourself up, or constantly thinking you are failing, and comparing yourself to others will reverse your confidence and drop your resilience. Putting pressure on yourself to feel happy all the time will make you feel more anxious. Life is about ups and downs and learning how to find the balance with this.