21-Day Resilience Challenge
Challenge runs October 6-26, 2019. Pick up your challenge form at the front desk or fitness desk. Members who score over 70 points will be entered into a drawing for a free locker and towel service for the month of November.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things don't go as planned. The following are some tips on how to improve resilience:
- Cherish social support and interaction. Good relationships with family and friends and others are vital. Being active in the community also helps.
- Treat problems as a learning process. Develop the habit of using challenges as opportunities to acquire or master skills and build achievement.
- Avoid making a drama out of a crisis. Stress and change are part of life. How we interpret and respond to events has a big impact of how stressful we find them.
- Celebrate your successes. Take time at the end of each day to review what went well and congratulate yourself. This trains the mind to look for success rather than dwelling on negativity or failure.
- Develop realistic life goals for guidance and a sense of purpose. Do something each day to move towards them. Again, small is beautiful; one small step amid the chaos of a busy day will help.
- Take positive action. Doing something in the face of adversity brings a sense of control, even if it doesn't remove the difficulty.
- Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps to build resiliency.
- Keep a realistic perspective. Place challenging or painful events in the broader context of lifelong personal development.
- Practice optimism. Nothing is either wholly good or bad. If we allow our thinking to dictate how we view something it will take over. Make your thinking work for your benefit, rather than letting it stymie you with doubt.
- Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.
- Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful. For example, some people write about their deepest thoughts and feelings related to trauma or other stressful events in their life. Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope.
- Participate in the 21-Day Resilience Challenge.