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Director of Health Ministry - Dr. Lois Banke 



In healthcare, the word resilience is used to describe oneís ability to bounce back after some insult to our health.  Resilient individuals are generally able to recover within the anticipated time and keep functioning physically and mentally and are able to see past the problems even while dealing with difficult situations.  In contrast, a lack of resilience is evident when people dwell on problems and limitations, feel victimized or hopeless and withdraw from others. 

We become or remain resilient by doing the following:

Have Something to Look Forward to

Work, volunteering, children, grandchildren and Bible Study or any way that you can be actively involved with the world all keep an you engaged with life and help to refocus your thoughts away from troublesome issues.

Cultivate Spirituality  

This includes connecting with God, reflecting on your own life and its purpose through worship, music, reading, art or the natural world.

Physical Activity and Healthy Diet

Maintaining daily exercise and eating a healthy, plant-based diet help by improving or maintaining physical strength, stamina and mood.

Managing Stress 

Managing day-to-day stress may include learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation as well as yoga and tai-chi.

Cultivating Healthy Social Connections  

Family and friends can help to support and motivate you during difficult times.  Make relationships within your biological and church family or the community a priority!

Practice Optimism  

Itís helpful to examine thoughts, viewpoints and actions that may sour oneís outlook on life and then look for the positive, count your blessings, forgive, savor good times and simple pleasures and practice kindness.

When setback occurs, keep yourself resilient in the following ways:

Take Care of Yourself  

Work to maintain good dietary, sleep and exercise habits to the greatest possible extent.  Avoid destructive habits.  Review and activate the items on the list above.  Keep up with your prescribed medical therapies and make and keep medical appointments.

Turn to Others for Support  

Accept help from family, friends and others.  Support groups including people who are in similar situations are helpful to some individuals.  It helps to know that you are not alone.

Be Proactive  

Develop realistic goals for the near future and do something regularly that allows you to move toward these goals.  Take actions that address your situation and do not detach from the world around you.  Be in control to the greatest possible extent.

Accept Change and Remain Hopeful

It is important to avoid dwelling on what may be seen as a loss but focus on new opportunities or steps that you can take to address the changing circumstances.  Read your Bible or your favorite hymns talk with friends.

Resilience isnít something you can force to happen by sheer will.  If you are having difficulty, talk to someone like your physician or a mental health professional.


Source:  Mayo Clinic Health Letter, 


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