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Can Mindfulness Increase Our Resilience to Stress?

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson and clinical mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn on how mindfulness training can lead to greater resilience to stress. An excer...

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Two of the pioneers in mindfulness share their insights, expereinces and helpful advice on how you can gain increased resilience by reducing stress.

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, February 22, 2013 11:34 AM

Science is now catching up to what monks & other spiritual teachers have experienced for generations - the beneficial effects of mindfulness on your psyche and ability to perceive the big picture of what's going on in your life.

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Two of the key people in mindfulness share their insights, experiences, thoughts and advicze on gaining resilience by reducing stress.

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5 Breathing Techniques to Melt Your Stress Away

5 Breathing Techniques to Melt Your Stress Away | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
If you've been feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, try one of these five simple breathing techniques to quickly find peace and calm.
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I also recommend the following article related to breathing and safety: http://renewalgroup.weebly.com/blog/a-breath-away-from-catastrophe-creating-mindful-work-environments

 

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Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Silence may allow your brain to rejuvenate leaving you feeling a new freedom
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Scientists have discovered 5 personality traits linked with a long life

Scientists have discovered 5 personality traits linked with a long life | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
And while one study found that we're not particularly good at identifying these traits in ourselves, it suggested that our close friends are often spot-on.
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Set up a meeting with a best friend and ask for their opinion on how they see you. It could mean a few more additional years!

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We Can Change The World Just By Noticing

We Can Change The World Just By Noticing | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
History, anthropology, and science all show that human survival was based to a great extent on our ability to notice when we were in danger and when we were safe. To be and feel noticed meets a deep human need. Each time we turn off our capacit
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What will you notice today?

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Larry Glover's curator insight, May 2, 2:47 PM
Reminds me of the timeless wisdom, "We see the world not as it is but as we are." We loose access to awe and wonder when we become overly immersed in the human world.
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Stop Pushing Yourself: How to Slow Down & Destress

Stop Pushing Yourself: How to Slow Down & Destress | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
If you too are pushing yourself too hard—and rushing through life as a result—I highly recommend you (slowly) take the following steps.
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Brains of veterans with PTSD changed after mindfulness training - Futurity

Brains of veterans with PTSD changed after mindfulness training - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Brain scans of a small group of US veterans with PTSD suggest mindfulness training can keep them from getting stuck in a loop of painful thoughts.
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This is good news for vets with PTSD and it supports how mindfulness contributes to our well being. We should be teaching mindfulness in schools and discouraging mindlessness, multi-tasking and social media addition in everyones life.

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5 Lessons on Living a Long, Healthy Life, from a 90-Year-Old

5 Lessons on Living a Long, Healthy Life, from a 90-Year-Old | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
By observing my 90-year-old grandmother, I've learned about what it takes to have a healthy, long life. Here are the five keys to her longevity.
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5 Things Stress Is Doing To Your Body

5 Things Stress Is Doing To Your Body | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
By Emma Haak

Think you can't afford to relax? Consider the alternatives.

Brain Strain
Stress starts here. When your body goes on high alert because of a real or perceived threat, your bra...
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When you look below the surface stress is either a factor or an instigator of most aliments and diseases from back pain to cancer. Managing stress is a critical component in recovery one's health and resiliency.


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Hitting infections hard can be 'the worst thing to do' - Futurity

Hitting infections hard can be 'the worst thing to do' - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Treating infections with the traditional "hit hard" approach may not always be best way to prevent the evolution of drug resistance, a math model shows.
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I found this article directly related to one's physical resiliency. In many conversations I hear friends and relatives wanting antibiotics to deal with their infections. Doctors seem quick to respond, but is this the best practice for long term and could be having a negative impact on our resiliency.

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The Upside of Adversity: 6 Lessons from Thriving with Chronic Illness

The Upside of Adversity: 6 Lessons from Thriving with Chronic Illness | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
From adversity comes inspiration and growth; there is always a silver lining if we are prepared to look for it. Here’s what my experiences have taught me.
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Another example of living a resilient life.

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How Using Your Hands Creatively Reduces Stress & Anxiety

How Using Your Hands Creatively Reduces Stress & Anxiety | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Once you get hooked, you won’t know how you handled your stress before you tackled it creatively. And a wonderful new world will open before you.
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Now I know why I feel more stress thinking about writing an article or preparing a presentation than when I'm engaged in the writing or the doing. Simple and effective way of reducing stress, building resiliency and expanding your creativity.

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When These Muscles Are Fitter Your Brain Is Also Fitter - PsyBlog

When These Muscles Are Fitter Your Brain Is Also Fitter - PsyBlog | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The brains and bodies of identical twins were compared over ten years.
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More evidence that choosing to be a couch potato turns your brain into mush. Stand up, walk, run anything but sitting on your rear.

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3 Ways to Bounce Back When Things Go Wrong

3 Ways to Bounce Back When Things Go Wrong | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
When things go wrong, these three things can help us forgive ourselves, recover our bearings, and get back to living our best lives
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Resilience is about bouncing back. This story provides a good example of how to bounce when you feel that you have no bounce in you.

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Geri Pluese's curator insight, December 6, 2015 10:49 AM

Resilience is about bouncing back. This story provides a good example of how to bounce when you feel that you have no bounce in you.

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5 Ways I've Lived Life More Fully Since My Cancer Scare

5 Ways I've Lived Life More Fully Since My Cancer Scare | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
I've done things differently since my cancer scare. I am now living life more fully, and so can you.
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Don't wait for a defining moment to change your life - create your life as if it is a defining moment." Tom Wojick

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To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents

To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Adults can be taught to create an environment for success.
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Thriving is a quality and outcome of resiliency. Learning how to thrive and to build resiliency skills can be encouraged, learned and practiced. If we truly want a more resilient society we need to put into practice and fund the very skills and programs that work.

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Exercise: It does so much more than burn calories - Harvard Health Blog

Exercise: It does so much more than burn calories - Harvard Health Blog | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week can significantly decrease the risk of dying prematurely.
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Sounds like a worthwhile investment of time! 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week can significantly decrease the risk of dying prematurely.

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Exercise can boost your memory and thinking skills - Harvard Health

Exercise can boost your memory and thinking skills - Harvard Health | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Moderate-intensity exercise can help improve your thinking and memory in just six months. You probably already know that exercising is necessary to preserve…
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I just need to rememer to exercise.

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Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do

Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Take the direct route to stress reduction.
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By reducing stress they are also bulding resiliency

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How to Use Self-Care for a Brighter, Less Stressful Life

How to Use Self-Care for a Brighter, Less Stressful Life | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed by your everyday life? Devoting a little time to self-care could make all the difference.
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Great advice I particularly like, rememer you're in charge.

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30 Easy Mindfulness Practices to Help You Focus & Be Present

30 Easy Mindfulness Practices to Help You Focus & Be Present | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Start taking a few moments out of your day to practice mindfulness now, and you’ll feel more present and enjoy the rewards for years to come.
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In a mindless world here are 30 tips on how to be mindful

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How Exercise Makes You Smarter, Happier, and Less Stressed

How Exercise Makes You Smarter, Happier, and Less Stressed | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
'Exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin,' says a Harvard researcher, describing the amazing effects of fitness on the brain.
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Study after study supports exercise as a primary way to improve focus, productivity, learning, health, well-being and reduce stress. If America prides itself on being exceptional, why aren't we applying this research to how we educate and work? Instead we keep pushing people to work longer and harder and testing our children to prove that we educate only works for the few.

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Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Respond to It

Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Respond to It | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Stress has gotten a bad rep, but it serves an important function. Here's why it's good for us and how we can respond to it so it doesn't control us.
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Stress is a fact of life - learning to make it work for you instead of against you is a requirement for living resiliently.

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8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People - PsyBlog

8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People - PsyBlog | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Part 1: Psych tips for how to promote change in yourself.
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Resilient individuals and organizations don't deny or fear change they embrace it. Learning to work with change instead of fighting it is a way to strengthen one's resiliency.

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If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working

If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Confronting hard truths can lead to better choices.
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Excellent integration of EQ and mindfulness with practical and helpful tips to build your resilience.

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10 Ways to Seize the Day and Achieve Work-Life Balance

10 Ways to Seize the Day and Achieve Work-Life Balance | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
As my experience with cancer showed me, life is full of unexpected twists and turns. So memento mordi, carpe diem. Remember you will die, so seize the day.
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Like the advice and tips in this article. I particularly like number 6: choose fear over regret.

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