The five pillars of resilience

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Resilience is made up of five pillars: self awareness, mindfulness, self care, positive relationships & purpose.

By strengthening these pillars, we in turn, become more resilient. Instead of experiencing an overwhelming downwards spiral when we encounter stress in our lives, these five pillars work together to lift us up out of the chaos we are feeling.

Obtaining and maintaining these skills takes practice. That is where Bounce Back comes in…

Our goal is to give everyone in the community — young & old — a set of tools that are quick, easy and simple to use that are proven to help make you feel better faster. We’ve all heard the saying “when life give you lemons, make lemonade.” We also know that it’s not quite that simple. Bounce Back hopes to give everyone the lemon squeezer and the pitcher so that making lemonade seems possible.

SELF AWARENESS
Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

SELF CARE
Self care is unique for each person and can be understood in many different ways. In its simplest form, the term refers to our ability as human beings to function effectively in the world while meeting the multiple challenges of daily life with a sense of energy, vitality, and confidence. Self care is initiated and maintained by us as individuals — it requires our active engagement.

POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Positive Relationships are the people who support and care for us — and we care for them. One of the most profound experiences we can have in our lives is the connection we have with other human beings. By building positive relationships with others, we will be happier and more fulfilled and feel more supported, supportive, and connected. Positive and supportive relationships will help us to feel healthier, happier, and more satisfied with our lives.

PURPOSE
Purpose is a recognition that we belong to and serve something bigger than ourselves. Our purpose helps to shape the mindset and attitude we have toward others and the events we experience. We can find purpose in our faith, family, a political party, being green, or being a part of an organization like the Boy Scouts.

For more information about CentraCare Health’s Bounce Back Project, visit www.bouncebackproject.org