Resilience Is Always Needed
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:
No Mud, No Lotus
A practice to use stress to awaken in you core human strengths of courage, connection, and growth.
June 25, 2020
America Is Failing the Marshmallow Test
The need to exercise caution and patience as we return to “normal” life after sheltering-in-place
June 16, 2020
Learning from the AFGO’s – Another Frickin’ Growth Opportunity
Learning from mistakes and goof-ups as practice for coping with future sorrows, and struggles
June 2, 2020
Deep Listening Leads to Conscious, Compassionate Connection
Recovering moments when we and others have been resilient in difficult or dangerous moments
June 23, 2020
Recovering from Feeling Badly about Less-than-Resilient Coping
Use guided imagination to radically re-frame your view of yourself in moment of less-than-proud-of behaviors and less-than-resilient coping.
June 10, 2020
Moving from Distress to Calm
Exercises to move from reactivity and distress to calm, ease, and safety in connection.
June 3, 2020
How Can I Help Clients Work with Overwhelming Emotions?
Linda’s video interview with Psychotherapy Networker on the ABC’s of managing difficult emotions.
May 21, 2020
When Bending with the Wind Becomes a Full 180-Degree Pivot
Shit happens. Shift happens, too. Tools to strengthen your “nimbleness” in the face of any disaster.
May 19, 2020
Hangin’ Out in Limbo? Here’s a Tool that Can Help
Tools to move forward when the old normal has been disrupted.
May 14, 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
Haven-ing – One of the Best Practices Ever to Restore Calm and Well-Being
April 30, 2020
Parenting Was Hard Enough Already
Links to excellent resources for parenting during the pandemic
April 28, 2020
For a little more depth and breadth:
Diversity and Inclusivity
Excellent resources from Oren Jay Sofer to resiliently and effectively learn and practice diversity and inclusivity in the face of the divisions and hostilities so evident right now in our common human enterprise.
June 18, 2020
Othering Is Everywhere
The evolutionary, neurobiological underpinnings of “us v. them” and resources to radically over-ride that programming.
June 17, 2020
Am I Doing Enough Right Now?
How we find the energy, the resilience, the determination to stay on course, working diligently to bring more equality, opportunity, justice to this complex country of ours.
June 15, 2020
What Makes Some People More Resilient Than Others – Resilience for the Long Haul
Excellent recommendations from research in trauma, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. From New York Times, June 21, 2020.
June 29, 2020
Needed now more than ever….Resilience 2.0
Linda’s new online course to help you learn to cope with anything, anything at all.
May 27, 2020
Pandemic Lessons from a Cat Bite
Parallel lessons from medical emergencies
May 18, 2020
Paradox of Pandemic – Weariness and Wonder
No matter how difficult, exhausting, or mundane, life itself is a cause for wonder and joy.
May 13, 2020
We Are Not in the Same Boat
Poetic reflection and practice in broadening our perspective
April 27, 2020
The Personal and the Poignant in a Time of Pandemic
People experience living and dying so differently in these times
April 21, 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
An Imagined Letter to Humans
An eloquent plea to use the current crisis to “wake up” to solving the underlying problematic conditions of our world today
April 10, 2020
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
Quick Links to other experts' excellent offerings:
COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers
A wealth of resources from the National Council on Aging
May 25, 2020
Daily resources and online learning for mental health professionals
Leading Edge Seminars
Interactive online clinical trainings
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:
Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, Canada
One-hour video interview, April 1, 2020
One-hour video podcast with Jon Macaskill, Navy SEAL commander turned mindfulness teacher, director of Veteran’s PATH
May 14, 2020
Full Pre-Frontal: Exploring the Mysteries of Executive Function
One-hour interview Linda Graham with Sucheta Kamath, CEO of Cerebral Matters,
April 10, 2020
One hour interview Linda Graham with Michelle Chalfant,
March 20, 2020
Jonah Paquette, PhD
Christine Carter, PhD
Ron Siegal, PhD
Elisha Goldstein, PhD
Tara Brach, PhD
Christopher Germer, PhD