Wellness and Resilience

I’m attending the 28th annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference in San Diego where I will be speaking on the Resilience Advantage. Conference participants are leaders in the area of health promotion. They come from business, health systems, insurance companies, and academic settings. Their commonality is a deep belief in helping people to create healthy workplaces and personal lifestyles. In my presentation, people will want me to tell them how to develop resilience in their lives but instead I’ll be sharing with them the importance of understanding and recognizing the resilience they already have built into them. Resilience is always framed against stress and that orientation creates the immediate victim mentality of “I’m so stressed.” I hope to Read More

Flipping Risk

I was talking with a group of educators last week about how we address risk taking at work and at home. Someone pointed out that there are very clear formulas for taking risks around financial planning but not so much in other areas. Someone else laughingly mentioned that even when you are planning how to invest your retirement savings, financial planners talk about “financial risk tolerance,” which they often determine by how you sleep when the stock market goes down 500 points. While we can’t often determine how much risk we should take in other areas such as speaking up with a new idea at work, increasing a curfew for a teenager, or deciding where to stay on this summer’s Read More

Did You Survive?

The apocalypse of Daylight Savings Time was upon us last Sunday morning at 2 AM The cute reminders on Facebook, in the newspaper, and by my friends helped me organize most of my clocks by 6 PM Saturday so that I wouldn’t be confused when I woke up Sunday morning and it was still dark outside. Of course, the warnings blasted out before DST kicked off were followed by concerns about how the loss of one hour of sleep would disrupt my entire week. My circadian rhythms would be off, I would be confused if I missed a clock (we’ll see as I haven’t changed my car clock yet) and I wouldn’t want to come in from the outside at Read More

The Language of Victimhood

We can all be victims at some point in our lives. If a thief breaks into your house, you’ve been victimized. Giving out a credit card to someone posing as being from the IRS translates to being scammed (victim). Being in an abusive marriage creates a prison like setting for the person being abused (victim). We can all be victims but we don’t need to stay there any longer than necessary. Being a victim is a transient phenomenon and not a life long sentence. When we refer to people who have faced terrible adversities, we are not only labeling them but we create a mindset in their own heads that may limit their capacity for action. The Resilience Advantage model Read More