Resilience Bites #10 – Getting Comfortable with Change

We’re starting to hear conversations about ‘getting back to normal’ and ‘returning to the old ways’.  This is a normal response to change. Our brains want the certainty of returning to what we know, but we need to reset our expectations. Some things will be different, some will stay the same. One thing that we can guarantee is that we will all be adjusting to the new ‘normal’ and this itself will keep evolving.

Resilience Bites #6 – Smile Though Your Heart is Aching

A smile creates instant connection and it truly is the shortest distance between 2 people. Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress and even boost your immune system. When we smile, we release endorphins, natural pain killers for both physical and emotional pain, and we also release happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, all of which contribute to making us feel happier, more relaxed and less stressed.

Resilience Bites #2 – How to Unleash our Superhero Brain

In stressful situations, our limbic brain (sometimes called our emotional brain) goes into overdrive trying to keep us safe. It is focused on looking for threat and danger and seeing it everywhere. When we feel threatened, our amygdala, which is part of the limbic system, fires up and our instinctive, survival and non-conscious fight, flight, flee reactions kick in. These hijack our ability to think rationally, calmly and clearly.

Resilience Bites #1 – Self-isolating doesn’t mean self-isolation’

Social connection has never been more important. We know from the work of Martin Seligman, father of positive psychology, that the number 1 key to resilience is building and maintaining a support network so, in addition to the groups I have mentioned which I would encourage you to create if you haven’t already done so, here are some simple steps to connect and stay connected