Prevention & Resilience

Resources for Prevention & Resilience

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“We need to prevent and slow the onset of disease.  We tend to forget how powerful an organ the brain is in our biology……..It’s the big controller. We’re seeing that the brain pokes its nose into a lot of the processes involved in chronic diseases. It’s not that you can wish these diseases away, but it seems we can prevent and slow their onset with stress management.” 

– Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D. biologist @ UCSF, and 2009 Nobel Laureate, [Atlantic, July 2011, page 96].

The Road to Resilience

(American Psychological Association) How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty… [Read More]

Resilience Training

(The Mayo Clinic) When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart? Resilience means being able to adapt to life’s misfortunes and setbacks. Test your resilience level and get tips to build your own resilience… [Read More]

The Resiliency Quiz

The resiliency quiz was developed by Nan Henderson M.S.W. for anyone—teens, adults, seniors—to assess and strengthen the resiliency building conditions in their lives. Use it for yourself or as a tool to help others you care about build their resilience… [Read More]

Six Tips to Increase Your Resilience

Randon Willard, Director of the Center for Student Engagement at Geneva College, outlines “Six Tips to Increase Your Resilience.” These tips can help college students to make their experience a less stressful one… [Read More]

Empathy vs. Sympathy

As much as the words empathy and sympathy are used, their meanings are unclear to many. To remedy this, researcher Brené Brown put together a short animation to explain the differences between sympathy and empathy… [Read More]

Building Resilience in Midlife

A recent New York Times article outlines some ways you can build resilience as you head into your adult years. Some of the strategies discussed include: practicing an optimistic mindset, rewriting our personal narrative, and depersonalizing our hardships… [Read More]