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Episode 47: Emotional Resilience: Tools for Us to Thrive

Updated: Feb 9

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On a background of painted clouds, text reads, "Just as you would respect others' boundaries, it's important to establish and protect your own."

Hey there, beautiful people. Welcome back! Today we are unpacking a heavy, but inspiring topic: emotional resilience in this wild, wild whirlwind of a year. We’re halfway through, and we refuse to settle for surviving. We’re thriving, right? So let’s jump in!


I want to begin with basics to create a foundation for people who maybe have not listened to me before and give a refresher to my loyal listeners. What is emotional resilience? Picture it like your imaginary superhero cape that you throw on in times of crisis to help you rebound from whatever issue you’re facing. It’s not about avoiding challenges. It’s about embracing them, learning from them, and coming out the other side just a little bit stronger.


We’re gonna kick things off with self-care. And no, this isn’t just face masks or bubble baths, although those can be really nice. True self-care is nourishing your heart, your soul, and your mind. For instance, let’s say you’re feeling stressed. Instead of bottling it up, you decide to scribble down your thoughts in a journal or maybe blast your favorite song and dance in your living room. These actions, even though they’re simple, are effective methods of self-care that recharge your spirit, preparing you for whatever lies ahead.


Alright, moving on. Your tribe. Now, we all know a Debbie Downer, right? Folks who seem to live for drama, always bringing in negative energy. When we talk about building resilience, it's vital that you purposefully surround yourself with positivity. That means choosing friends that uplift, inspire, and support you through thick and thin. You might have a friend who no matter how tough times get, always seems to see the silver lining, always has words of encouragement. That’s the kind of energy you want to be around.


Next up, embracing change. Change can be exciting, as much as it is terrifying. Remember when you first moved into your first place? It was probably scary, but thrilling, too. Change helps us grow and adapt, and it’s something we need to embrace if we’re going to build emotional resilience. We’re like trees, constantly growing and adapting to each season of our lives.


Now let’s move on to gratitude. There’s a ton of research showing that practicing gratitude can reduce stress and boost happiness. It’s about actively shifting your focus from what’s going wrong to what’s going right. Maybe you’re grateful for your loving family, your adorable fur baby, or simply the roof you have over your head. It’s not about the size of the thing, but the impact it has on your heart.


Positive self-talk is another powerful tool. It’s easy to fall into the trap of criticizing ourselves, but this can be damaging to our emotional resilience. Instead, try talking to yourself like you would a best friend. Instead of saying, “I can’t believe I messed up again! Why do I even bother?”, try saying, “I made a mistake, but I'm going to learn from it and improve in the future.” This shift can make a huge difference in how we face challenges.


And don’t forget the power of setting boundaries. It’s ok to say no. It’s ok to need time for yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s perfectly acceptable to step back and take a breather. Just as you would respect others’ boundaries, it’s important to establish and protect your own.


Remember, resilience isn’t about never failing, it’s about getting back up every time we fall. It’s about embracing the ups and downs, learning from them, and growing stronger. And sometimes, that growth comes from the most unexpected places. Let’s say for instance, you’re dealing with a tough breakup. It’s painful, you feel lost and heartbroken. But through the pain, you start rediscovering yourself. You start realizing what you truly deserve in a relationship and begin setting boundaries for the future. That is emotional resilience. Another important fact to consider is that building emotional resilience is not a solo journey. It’s crucial to curate the support network around you. Reach out to your tribe. Share your feelings, your fears, and your dreams. Let them be your sounding board, your cheerleading squad. Trust me, having those supportive voices makes the journey a whole lot smoother. And then there’s laughter: The best medicine, as they say. Not just for the body, but for the soul. Humor helps us see the brighter side of things, so go on! Watch that silly rom-com. Share those cheesy jokes. Let laughter echo. It’s your strength echoing back at you. And as we wrap up, let's not forget the power of patience. Building emotional resilience doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey, with lots of twists and turns. Take one step at a time. Celebrate the small victories, and remember it’s always ok to ask for help.


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