December 2019 Northern Connections Magazine. Dr Joseph Maroon is a featured contributor to Northern Connections Magazine. In the December issue, Dr Maroon focuses on Building Resilience –Preparing for Life’s Challenges. In the article Dr Maroon provides personal insights and tips on how you can “bounce back” from difficult experiences. He makes the analogy of an athlete recovering from injury and how training and conditioning can help us cope and overcome life stressors.
One way to improve your stress reaction is to improve your resilience to stress. Just like an athlete can train and build stronger muscles to lift heavier weights, resilience training can improve coping skills and help foster better decisions and outcomes to daily stressors. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. In short, it means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.
Being resilient does not mean that you don’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered major adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. Dr Maroon provides a number of tips to improve resilience and overcome life stressors. He then discusses the benefits he has found with routine exercise as a stress reducer. Read the entire article HERE Go to pages 24 and 25.