Train the Brain 2020: Cultivating Resilience


Our 2020 campaign goal is to help our community build resilience and understand the importance of self-care as we navigate a difficult year. Resilience is the ability to recover from difficulty, or adapt in the face of adversity, tragedy, trauma or substantial stress. This ability to “bounce back” doesn’t come easily for everyone.

For most of us, we have to practice and work toward achieving resilience through difficult times. Here are a few ideas for a daily practice in building resilience:


  1. Try Expressive Writing – When something bad happens to us, we have the tendency to replay it over and over again in our minds. This doesn’t move us toward healing and growth. Instead, try sitting down and writing about it for 20 minutes. This will allow you to release your emotions and might even help you see the situation from a different perspective – perhaps there’s a silver lining or a valuable lesson that can be gleaned from the bad experience.  
  2. Be Kind to Yourself – It’s easy to feel alone in our fears – to think that we are the only ones experiencing a certain difficulty and to wonder, “What is wrong with me? Why can’t I get over this?” It’s important to realize that you are not alone, and that many others have and are experiencing the same feelings you are. Practice self-compassion by removing self-judgment. Try mantras like, “May I accept myself as I am,” or “May I be patient.”
  3. Stay Connected – It’s natural to want to isolate after experiencing something traumatic, but it’s not healthy to stay isolated for long periods of time. Try to maintain social connections with people who make you feel seen, validated and heard. Connecting with empathetic people reminds you that you aren’t alone and helps build your resilience. Be intentional about regular phone calls, video chats or outdoor walks with those who care about you.



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