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:

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
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

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

Psychotherapy Networker

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:


Virtual Lunch Together: Linda Graham and Michael Kerman

Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, Canada

One-hour video interview, April 1, 2020


Resilience – to Cope with Anything, Anything at All

Veteran’s PATH

One-hour video podcast with Jon Macaskill, Navy SEAL commander turned mindfulness teacher, director of Veteran’s PATH

May 14, 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

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