Resilience Is Always Needed

Resilience Is Always Needed

Linda Graham

Resilience – capacities to cope with any distress and bounce back from any disaster – is as necessary for our well-being as the current coronavirus pandemic is disruptive to it.

Here are suggestions for immediate resources to strengthen your coping skills and strategies, and to deepen your trust that you can cope with anything, anything at all.

Some suggestions are very practical and immediate, some more for the long haul. There are many additional tools and exercises, audio recordings and video interviews freely available elsewhere on www.lindagraham-mft.net.  And links below to others’ resources as well, an abundance of support.  Dive in and thrive.

For right now:

Resilience Is Always Needed

Basics of resilience and tips on using the wisdom of the body to recover it

April 7, 2020

Resilience Expert Offers Three Ways to Tap into the Wisdom of the Body

Practices to meet the current chaos of life with the deep knowing that you have the strength to work with it all

Mindful magazine article by Linda Graham

April 8, 2020

Crisis meditation resource

Mindful Live Practice 

15 minute guided practices to calm nervous system

April 10, 2020

Parenting Was Hard Enough Already

Links to excellent resources for parenting during the pandemic

April 28, 2020

Haven-ing – One of the Best Practices Ever to Restore Calm and Well-Being

April 30, 2020

Plowing through the Day with Gratitude

Being grateful for everything that is going more than all right to help us plow through despair when things are going terribly wrong.

May 6, 2020

For a little more depth and breadth:

Shit Happens. Shift Happens, Too. Resilience in the Face of Disruption

How to cultivate the 6 C’s of Coping: Calm, Compassion, Clarity, Connection, Competence, Courage

March 30, 2020

An Imagined Letter to Humans
from COVID-19

An eloquent plea to use the current crisis to “wake up” to solving the underlying problematic conditions of our world today

April 10, 2020

Coping with Setbacks and Shutdowns  – Shifting from Stymied and Stuck to Engaged and Empowered

A practical exercise in shifting from a fixed-stuck mindset to an empowered-growth mindset

April 13, 2020

The Personal and the Poignant in a Time of Pandemic

People experience living and dying so differently in these times

April 21, 2020

Dangers and Opportunities in this Pandemic

A poetic wake-up call on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2020

We Are Not in the Same Boat

Poetic reflection and practice in broadening our perspective

April 27, 2020

Quick Links to other experts' excellent offerings:

Three Tips from a Therapist for Calming Your Coronavirus Anxiety

From Lindsey Antin at Greater Good Science Center, U.C. Berkeley

April 14, 2020

Resilience During a Time of Fear

Three effective practices from Rick Hanson, PhD

March 18, 2020

Resilience in Challenging Times

Tami Simon of Sounds True interviews experts on mindfulness, compassion, and resilience


Resilience and Coping

Many excellent articles and research studies from positive psychology.com

You can start with How to Beat Stress, Trauma, and Adversity with Resilience

April 20, 2020

How to Stop Feeling So Helpless During Quarantine

Greater Good Science Center offers excellent weekly posts on The Science of a Meaningful Life

April 27, 2020

Internationally revered meditation teacher Tara Brach has posted her own Pandemic Care Resources page with many excellent guided meditations


For the deeper, broader perspective:


Virtual Lunch Together: Linda Graham and Michael Kerman

Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, Canada

One-hour video interview, April 1, 2020


Bouncing Back Like a Skilled Ninja

Full Pre-Frontal: Exploring the Mysteries of Executive Function

One-hour interview Linda Graham with Sucheta Kamath, CEO of Cerebral Matters, 

April 10, 2020

Resilience in Turbulent Times

One hour interview Linda Graham with Michelle Chalfant, 

March 20, 2020

Video Interviews

Jonah Paquette, PhD

Remembering What Really Matters Strengthens Our Resilience

Christine Carter, PhD

The Need for Resilience Is Not a Surprise: Make Your “If/Then” Plans

Ron Siegal, PhD

Why Some People Bounce Back Quickly, Even Heroically

Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Resilience Is a Verb

Tara Brach, PhD

Loving Awareness in the Present Moment Is Foundational to Our Resilience

Christopher Germer, PhD

The Yin-Yang of Mindful Self-Compassion

Wisdom & inspiration direct to your inbox