Resiliency means to adapt and recover from adversity. Our physical bodies are resilient when we are healthy and attending to our need for nutrients, sleep and activity. Just like a car performs well with regular maintenance and oil changes so too our bodies need nourishment and rest.
There are key areas of our physical bodies that we can strengthen for resiliency. We can benefit from improving the quality of our sleep, eating nourishing foods, increasing our strength and stamina as well as managing our energy.
1. Improve your sleeping habits. Sleep is when our bodies rest, replenish and recover. Consider setting a bedtime for yourself and following a nightly routine. As your body adjusts and gets used to this nightly set of tasks it will begin to power down and prepare for sleep.
2. Improve your nutrition one small step at a time. Consider adding a vegetable to every meal or drinking one extra cup of water daily until you reach half your body weight in ounces every day.
3. Strengthen your physical stamina by moving your body a little more each day. Take the stairs if you can or parking further away from an entrance. Try resistance bands or hand weights to increase strength in your arms and legs.
4. And lastly, consider managing your energy throughout the day. What I mean by this is pacing yourself and setting limits or boundaries around your energy. This may look like responding to an email in the morning rather than 5 minutes before the end of your day. Or having take-out one night for dinner instead of cooking and cleaning after a particularly exhausting day.
Take a look at the areas of your health that can benefit from one small habit in order to improve and strengthen your physical resilience. Resiliency will help us advance despite adversity.
The next online wellness education course is “Healthy Weight: Setting Yourself Up for Success” on Wednesday January 20th from noon to 1pm.
Catch you on the well side.
Resilience has become a buzz word as of late particularly because 2020 has tested every ounce of it we have. Resilience is defined as adaptation or the ability to recover well in the face of adversity. Resiliency means to weather the storm or strength under pressure.
We all have resilience. Furthermore, it can be learned and even strengthened. There are several areas of our life where we can improve and build upon our resilience. We are not one dimensional beings. We are complex relational beings made up of thoughts and beliefs, emotions and behaviors all within the context of meaning and purpose. Housed within a vessel that when physically healthy, allows us to function optimally in all aspects of our lives; as an employee, parent, community member and friend.
Consider learning more about resiliency to be strength training for life.
Over the next several weeks I will be sharing with you different ways that you can improve your resiliency for optimal wellness. I will give you tips to strengthen your mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and social resilience.
In the meantime consider attending the online wellness education course “Habits of Wellness” on Monday January 14th from noon to 1pm.
Until then, I’ll catch you on the well side.