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Linda Graham on Strengthening Our Resilience

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Learn how to strengthen your resilience with insights from Linda Graham on The One You Feed podcast. Discover tips on coping with life's challenges and crises.
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Strengthening Resilience: Insights from Linda Graham on The One You Feed

The magic of learning about neuroplasticity is that we can rewire our brain's responses if we have not had that kind of optimal conditioning, and we can learn through our own experiences and the experiences of other people, other relationships later, to develop the capacities of the prefrontal cortex, which is the ceo of resilience, to be more flexible and more resilient in its functioning.
In a world that can often feel overwhelming and challenging, resilience is a critical skill that can help us navigate life's ups and downs. In a recent episode of The One You Feed podcast, host Eric Zimmer spoke with licensed marriage and family therapist Linda Graham about the neuroscience of resilience and specific ways to strengthen it. Graham, author of the book Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster, shared insights and tools for developing resilience, no matter where you are on your journey.
Throughout the episode, Graham emphasized the importance of understanding the brain's plasticity and the impact it can have on resilience. She explained that by learning through our own experiences and the experiences of others, we can rewire our brain's responses to be more flexible and resilient in its functioning. Graham also shared tools for new conditioning, such as identifying a moment of kindness or shifting negative thoughts to positive ones.
In addition to practical tools, Graham also spoke to the role of mindfulness and self-compassion in developing resilience. She shared that by practicing mindful self-compassion, we can learn to be with our experiences in the moment and shift the functioning of the brain to more openness and receptivity to the bigger picture. She also shared the power of positive emotions, not just to feel better but to do better, and the benefits of cultivating a spiritual perspective to find a sense of calm and ease.
Throughout the episode, Graham shared personal anecdotes and reflections, including the impact of losing someone we love and the significance of finding a place for everything in our lives. Her insights and tools serve as a reminder that resilience is a skill that can be developed and strengthened, no matter where we are on our journey. As Graham shared, "how you respond to the issue is the issue," and with the right tools and mindset, we can navigate life's challenges and crises with greater ease and resilience.
If you want to learn more about developing resilience and the power of positive emotions, listen to the full episode of The One You Feed podcast here on alcoholfree.com.