Personal Resilience for Mental Health: 5 Habits to Support Well-Being & Reduce Stress by Noreen Braman

Mindfulness Mental Health
8 months ago

Personal Resilience for Mental Health: 5 Habits to Support Well-Being & Reduce Stress

People who deal best with times of high stress are often described as having high personal resilience. But resilience can be worn down, leaving us vulnerable to stress-related mental issues and physical issues

So, during difficult times, it is necessary to continue practicing well-being habits and techniques that support resilience.

  • Mindfulness: Too often our mind is spending time thinking about the past or the future, and not enough time being in the present. During times of high stress, stop, close your eyes, take several deep breaths and focus your attention on where you are, and what you are doing, right this minute.
  • Gratitude: There are days so difficult, that at night, you may only be grateful the day is over. However, spending a few minutes each day to find at least three things to be grateful about truly helps enhance well-being.
  • Purpose: A clear sense of your purpose, or mission, in life contributes to both contentment with life and longevity. Even when events or responsibilities keep you from what gives you that sense of purpose, having that clear vision gives you strength to get through tough situations.
  • Laughter: A social bonding skill that may have existed in humans before language, laughter benefits both the body and the mind. During stressful times, your “laughter reserve” helps your well-being, and the return of laughter signals healing and resilience.
  • Happiness: The first four habits listed here contribute to your overall well-being, and emphasize the fact that you should not expect that happiness just “happens” to you. Times of joy, love, fulfillment and generosity all raise our happiness levels. Seeking those things, even in times of distress, keeps your resilience strong.

And sharing these habits with others helps both you and them!

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Elisa Schmitz
You said it, Noreen Braman ! At times like these, we need to look for the silver linings and ways to find joy. Today, I am filled with gratitude that my son arrived back from India. He's in quarantine for at least 14 days, but he is home. So grateful to all those along his journey who helped him get back. Thank you for this wonderful tip. Mindset is everything!
Noreen Braman
Happy your son is home! Yesterday, my family got together on Zoom, including 6 grandchildren under 8. Hats, and masks and props to help everyone laugh!
Elisa Schmitz
This is absolutely genius! What an awesome way to stay connected and find joy during a stressful time, Noreen Braman . Thank you for sharing your gift of laughter with us. Becky Fansher shared a post about family webinars yesterday, I love it: mom: Family Webinars: An Easy Way to Stay Connected While Quarantined or Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Love this, spot on.
Thanks a lot. Good job

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