Our brain is continually growing and changing well into our nineties. Getting better at looking for, savoring, and sharing good experiences inclines your mind in that direction. Research has found that keeping a gratitude journal or thinking of 3 good things that happened each day forces you to scan for the positives.
We are entering the holiday season, and as magical as it can be, the holidays can also be a source of stress. Remember to give yourself and others grace, practice self-compassion and kindness, and try these three things to make your life just a little bit easier.
In order to regulate stress, battle burnout, and improve well-being, you have to intentionally build your psychological immune system. If it is not possible to reduce the “threat”, you have to increase your sense of safety. Every time your brain gets a signal of safety, it replenishes your psychological immune system.
Thanks to our negativity bias, the chances are pretty high that you naturally default to the negative. When those negative thoughts become obsessive, you are stuck in rumination.
It is important to remember that our relationships play a huge role in our ability to stay resilient. They buffer us against our most difficult and challenging times, providing the deep connection human beings fundamentally need.