Build Your Resilience

It's time to slow down and take a deep breathHow do you build resilience to get you through the COVID-19 pandemic? Resilience helps us withstand stress and to recover better, which is especially important when your schedule and life have changed so quickly. Psychologists recommend building resilience by “finding your footing”—slowing down, listening to experts and creating a short-term plan that works for you. Stay calm and keep yourself centered. Meditation, yoga, going for a walk all allow you to slow down and focus on the positives that you have in your life. Taking in deep breaths and breathing out slowly lowers your heart rate. Focusing on your body and bodily sensations engages important brain centers and can pull you out of your mind’s activity, thus lowering anxiety and stress. For a minute here and there throughout the day, focus on and calm your breathing. It can make a big difference in your resilience and ability to cope with life’s challenges.