Resilience when feeling stressed

It can be tough to feel in control...feel you can manage your emotions and come out of 'all this' in one piece when life shakes us up.

Getting started & building momentum are sometimes the toughest things to do.

And these 2 steps can give us a huge start to getting back to us up to be in a position to take further steps of shifting our thinking patterns and practicing resilience:

  1. We can handle only that much stress at a time. So, identify & remove things that are adding unnecessary stress.
  2. Do things little things that help us feel recharged and settled.



First Two Steps to Creating Resilience - zen habits zen habits

Step 1: Remove EXTRA stress

Clear the space to do things to take care of yourself and train your mind to be more resilient.

'Cut back' ...that should be the motto. Take a breather and let yourself settle.

  • Stop saying yes to everything. Start with saying no to the thing with least priority for you.
  • If you’re working late into the night, create a stopping point earlier if possible....every little bit counts.
  • Stop for a while watching or reading things online that really get you angry. Being compassionate is good, but we can't be much help for long feeling burnt out.

Just one thing less can make you breathe easier.



Step 2: Replenish yourself

Do little things that make you feel grounded, settled, and recharged. They will make you strong enough to shift your thought patterns and practice resilience.

  • Get some sunshine.
  • Take a walk out in nature.
  • Slow down...take a bath, have some tea, curl up with your favorite book...just an hour of slow living.
  • Take a nap.
  • Sit quietly and focus on your slow long breaths.
  • Talk it out with someone...or write it down. Seeing our thoughts written down helps create distance & manage them better.



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