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According to resilience expert Sandy Davis a daily creative practice is one of the three foundations of building resilience. (If you missed the other two, you can read more about centering and exercise here.)
Is this a bit puzzling? Why a creative practice? Isn’t this just for artists, musicians, and the like? That was my first reaction. However, here’s what Sandy says about the benefits of a regular creative practice.
“If your regular aerobic exercise is the ‘heart of the matter,’ then your creative practice may well be the ‘soul of the matter.’….a well-chosen daily creative practice can enliven your spirit in ways that carry over to all other realms of your daily existence …And it will both deepen your experience and enrich how you make meaning of your life.”
Are you wondering what would be a good creative practice for you personally? Below are the criteria that Sandy provides. A creative practice is an activity that:
Is there an activity that comes to mind right away? Perhaps something you used to enjoy doing, but haven’t had time for. This may be an opportunity to explore something completely new. Choose something, make a commitment to practice for 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes every other day. See what happens.
Share your thoughts below. Do you already have a creative practice that you are re-committing to? What do you intend to try?
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Some of the examples of aerobic exercise that Sandy lists are:
The is more and more research evidence to show that regular aerobic exercise benefits not only our bodies, but also our brains. If asked, most of us will agree that exercise is good for us. Nevertheless many of us do not exercise regularly.
Do you need to create new habits that will allow you to take advantage of the health advantages of regular exercise? A recent international congress is one example of greater recognition that many of us need help to change our behavior when it comes to exercise.
If you’d like help getting started or keeping up your practice, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have some helpful free tools available on their website.
See below for other tools from ACSM to help you to develop the habits you need to integrate exercise into your everyday life.
If regular aerobic exercise is already an established part of your daily life, congratulations. You are doing something important for your health and well-being. Feel free to help others by sharing your tips below.
If not, what step can you take to get started or resume previous exercise routines? If you decide to try one of the tools referenced here, share your experiences below.
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The next post will focus on creative practices as the third foundation of developing resilience.
According to Sandy Davis, a Daily Centering Practice is one of the 3 foundations of developing greater resilience.
So what is centering and how might your practice it?
In his book, Journey to Center, Thomas Crum explains: “centering happens as the mind, body, and spirit begin to align”.
He also notes that “Centering is not an abstract term, but rather a practical tool available to all of us”.
There are many different practical tools available. Many are easy and can be done by anyone. If you’re wondering where to start, have a look at some of the examples provided by the Center for Contemplative Mind. Their list includes:
You might like to try out this 4 minute meditation that you can do at your computer, as described in a previous newsletter.
Although the techniques are numerous, they have something in common. Each approach combines the 2 elements of focus and awareness. Begin to experience the benefits of an ongoing centering practice for yourself by selecting one method that appeals to you. It is evident that the practices themselves can be very simple. It this is new for you, start work today on creating a new habit to integrate your chosen tool into your daily life.
Some of the tips for success that resilience expert Davis gives are:
If you already have a practice that benefits you, share your experience below. Ongoing practice is essential for self-care. Making centering a part of of your life is increasingly important for your health and well-being in our 24/7 world.
This is the question posed by Resilience expert, Sandy Davis.
The ability to bounce back is both a challenge and a necessity during times of uncertainty and stress. Are you doing what you can to take care of yourself?
Davis provides a quick self-assessment to help you answer this question.
We may wish for a quick fix or instant solution. But, according to Davis, “the breadth and depth of your set of resilience responses will depend on what you practice regularly”. It’s what we do every day and over time that makes the biggest difference.
The 3 regular self-care practices that Davis proposes as the foundation to developing resilience are:
Are you already doing one or more on a regular basis? Is there one that you want to practice more often? What differences do you notice when you practice self-care?
If you do not yet include any of these practices in your daily routine, which is most appealing? Start there.
Look out for an upcoming post on how to get started. Share your experiences on what works for you and how you keep up your practice.
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Dealing with job loss and career change can be very stressful. You may feel that you don’t have much control. What can you do today?
Distinguished researcher, Barbara L Fredrickson, argues that by proactively taking small steps you can gradually build your resilience and ability to deal with stressful events. The first step is to become more aware of moment to moment emotional responses.
Try this 2-minute test to assess the ratio of positive and negative emotions that you experience on a daily basis. Dr Fredrickson provides this tool as a way to easily monitor your emotions on a daily basis.
Doing this each day for 2 weeks will give you better information. Based on this research, the tipping point is a 3:1 ratio of positive to negative emotions. Wherever you are today, what small steps can you take to increase the number of times you experience positive emotion? Try this tool and share your experiences below.