A Recipe for Resilience

family problemsExcerpts from the July 9th, Meet the Scientist Webinar featuring Dr. Dennis S. Charney, “Resilience: the science of mastering life’s greatest challenges” by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

After observing that people respond differently to hardship, researchers looked more closely at what characteristics are shared by people who exhibit the greatest resilience. The best news is that resilience can be learned.

Key Ingredients:

  1. Positive Attitude – if this isn’t your strength, it can be learned through CBT
  2. Cognitive Flexibility – this can be learned, and is often a focus in counseling
  3. Embrace a Moral Compass
  4. Find a Resilient Role Model
  5. Face Your Fears
  6. Develop Active Coping Skills – do something to respond, beyond just getting by
  7. Establish and Nurture a Supportive Social Network – meaningful relationships and friendships
  8. Take Care of Your Physical Well-Being – it benefits your brain, nervous system, emotions, immune system and thinking

Used proactively, this list of “ingredients” can even guide parents who want to “inoculate” their children and build their resilience.

For more information on this topic, or for assistance in building your personal resilience, contact Michele in Langley.