Resilience

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Resilience

 

What is resilience? What does it mean for one’s emotional health? Or what does one’s emotional well-being mean for resilience?

From my Emotional Well-Being  page, I cite an online dictionary which defines Emotional Health as:

“A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.”

 

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Arrows in all directions: Survival; Attitude; Resilience; Endurance

 

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from physical, emotional or psychological trauma in order to function in society and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.

I know I wasn’t very flexible in my thinking and beliefs during my younger years – and as a result I didn’t thrive. At best I struggled and survived. I carried so much anger and resentments for my lot in life. Feeling so hard-done-by for all the physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse that I experienced from the age of five onward – well into my twenties.

Emotional well-being is the ability to express what one is feeling, appropriately and in a timely manner. This wasn’t something I was ever taught in home or at school. Back when I was in school, they taught you how to form a complete sentence with a noun, a verb and a subject, but they sure never taught us how to communicate our feelings. I think they are beginning to teach this stuff in school nowadays. I was told to ‘sit down and shut up;’ ‘you shouldn’t feel that way;’ ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’ Needless to say, those messages did nothing to build my self-esteem, or give me any courage, or skills to even know what I was feeling and/or how to express it. It was only when I got into a few support groups, read a few good books and participated in some workshops on communication skills that I felt I had permission to stand up and speak my truth.

It was only when I was in my mid-thirties that I became more open-minded and willing to change my viewpoints and let go of old beliefs and opinions, to speak my truth and take action to help myself that my life started to run a little smoother. I still feel I have a long way to go in this area, but am steadily making progress.

I know when I don’t communicate my thoughts and feelings and just stuff them down inside, my body becomes rigid and stiff and sore. There is no elasticity and flexibility in my body. And I lose my sense of liveliness and vital energy force.

 

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