Practicing Gratitude to Build Emotional Resilience

I have blogged about the benefits of gratitude before, but since it is National Gratitude Month, I would like to take a deeper dive into the topic. I am sure you have heard that practicing gratitude has a myriad of positive effects. Research has revealed that gratitude benefits us in four spheres of wellbeing. Physically:  … Continue reading Practicing Gratitude to Build Emotional Resilience

6 Ways to Practice Social Connecting While Social Distancing

I have written before about the many benefits of social connecting. I refer to it as a super resiliency! From a neurological standpoint, we are all wired to connect to both survive and thrive. Connecting to each other improves our physical well-being. We now have much research evidence to show that social connectivity leads to … Continue reading 6 Ways to Practice Social Connecting While Social Distancing

8 Ways to Develop Resiliency

Have you ever wondered why life seems so much more manageable for some people than others, even when their circumstances are similar? Let’s face it, life is rarely as easy as we would like it to be and coping with life’s ups and downs requires a fair amount of resiliency. So, how do you develop … Continue reading 8 Ways to Develop Resiliency

Cultivating Compassion to Combat Compassion Fatigue

In my work with human service organizations, compassion fatigue is one of the most requested training or consultation topic. I have found that organizations are getting better at recognizing the need for self-care. However, most efforts lack a true understanding of what compassion fatigue is and how to best combat it, both individually and within … Continue reading Cultivating Compassion to Combat Compassion Fatigue

The Gift of Presence

As the holidays approach, we are all looking for that perfect gift for those on our list. Consider giving yourself by taking the time to really listen to someone. Of course, this is not always as easy as it sounds.  We might think we are good listeners but most of the time we are distracted … Continue reading The Gift of Presence

Resilience and the Reenactment Triangle

Can changing the way we think, keep us from being pulled into relationship drama? You might be familiar with the drama triangle (also known as the reenactment triangle) introduced by Dr. Stephen Karpman decades ago. The triangle identifies three roles we take in reenactment (victim, persecutor and rescuer) and is a useful tool for understanding … Continue reading Resilience and the Reenactment Triangle

Learning about the Brain

Learning the principles of brain science and neurodevelopment can inform how we cultivate resiliency. Here are four important things to remember about the brain. Patterned Response: The human brain is composed of over 80 billion neurons. This network of neurons relays messages from one part of the brain to the next. Each time our brain … Continue reading Learning about the Brain

Individuals, families, communities and even organizations are impacted by trauma and adversity. It effects the way we develop and how we respond to stressful situations. But this can be mitigated through resiliency.  Resiliency refers to the cognitive, emotional and relational skills needed to face challenges and achieve a growth outcome.  To support resiliency in children … Continue reading