Resilience

4 Ways You Can Start Living With Resilience Now

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I think it's safe to say that as a society, we are rather risk-averse. We are eager to walk a smoother path, and are naturally drawn to life hacks, shortcuts and workarounds. But are we doing ourselves, and more importantly our children, a disservice by sidestepping the lessons of adversity?

Resilience Dictates How You Pick Up The Pieces After Loss

Deborah Nixon | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Deborah Nixon

How individuals face these tough situations depends on their character and personality. Some are stoic and recognize that they need to make major changes in their lives and their assumptions. They get down to work and rebuild, creating something new out of what remains.

Mental Health Strategies To Help You Have A Great New School Year

Deri Latimer | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Whether you are entering grade school, high school, college or university, this time of year can indeed bring conflicting emotions. You can start to positively impact your mental health right now, and every action you take to improve your mental health can positively impact your results (that includes your grades, your relationships and your overall sense of joy)!

Why Are Some People More Resilient Than Others?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Have you ever wondered what separates those rare individuals who are able to step forward after trauma and adversity from those of us who are stunted, derailed, or in some way consumed by similar life circumstances or events? As a society, we tend to gravitate to the "bounce back" narrative so often espoused in the media, and one that is particularly true of the stories most commonly shared on social media.

Building Resilience Sets Your Child Up For Success

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Parents, grandparents, caregivers take heed. As you are stowing the markers, pens and paper in your child's backpack for the start of a new school year be sure to throw in a hefty supply of resilience. It is the most important school supply any child needs in today's world.

Inside Every Person Is A Scorecard, And Other Life Truths

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

I used to believe that people don't keep score. It turns out they do. Verbal barbs hurled at you in anger reveal that inside everyone is a scorecard. There must be a part of the brain that files those items away. A disagreement flares and some long forgotten event is thrown up in your face

Highly Resilient People Do More Than Just Bounce Back

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

If you drop me, I bounce. In fact, as crazy as that sounds, for much of my life it certainly felt like that was true. As is the case with far too many children around the world, I grew up in a violent home and it was within this violence that a nascent spirit of resilience began to germinate.

All The Reasons Your Boss Will Never Admit They Are Wrong

Monique Caissie | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Wouldn't it be great if when people were wrong, they could just 'fess up, apologize and take different actions to move forward? Just imagine the increased opportunities of positive and productive workplaces. Call me a dreamer! Unfortunately, egos get in the way and fear stops us from acting on our healthier options.

Sometimes You Have To Ride Through The Pain

Erin Silver | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Erin Silver

My experience made me wonder if this bike ride was somehow a metaphor for something bigger. Is this like going through a divorce and riding on despite the pain? Does it represent my ability to move forward in the face of life's challenges?

The Borders Of Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Our personal lives, career, retirement, all have borders between one stage and another. They are full of a wide range of complex emotions.There is the border time between being single and being partnered. That time of excitement, anticipation leading up to the commitment.

12 Ways To Be Your Best Self And Live Your Best Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Living your best life means maximizing the possibilities for happiness and success in six key areas: career, creativity, leisure activities, relationships, spirituality and wellness.

Courage Is A Deeply Rooted Faith In Our Human Connection

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As our muscles respond to stress by becoming at first strained and later stronger, so too do we build up our tolerance for withstanding adversity by allowing it space in our life. Courage rises to the fore when we adopt a new mindset, a new lens from which we approach our life.

10 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From Adversity

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Life can be beautiful, but occasionally it can also kick us in the teeth. We can experience loss, disappointment, adversity. Eventually, everyone has to face their fair share of pain. What makes the difference between someone who barely survives these challenges in life, and someone who meets these challenges head-on and thrives?

It Has Been 20 Years Since My Divorce, And I Am Better For It

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Twenty-five years ago I would have told you I was the luckiest woman in the world. I was married to my best friend who I adored and had two wonderful sons. I had it all including the home and picket fence. As it turned out, there was no luck in my marriage. The marital secrets he revealed crippled me emotionally for years after the breakup.

6 Strategies To Add Some Bounce To Your Step This Spring

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

It's almost spring! A time of birth, of renewal, and awakening! Here are six strategies to help you bounce (or 'spring') into spring!

Resilient Women Keep Calm And Carry On

Anne Day | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Anne Day

"It is what it is." That was the mantra of the women who shared their stories in One Red Lipstick, a book and documentary about the resilience of women. In each instance, life had dealt them a curveball, but instead of curling up in the fetal position, they just faced it head on and pragmatically carried on with their lives.

When Ordinary Is No Longer An Option

Anne Day | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Anne Day

One Red Lipstick, both the book and documentary, is about resilience. It's about how women when faced with challenges and obstacles, grit their teeth, and ploughed on, not letting the "stuff" of life hold them back. They were determined that what had happened wasn't going to stop them.

11 Ways To Bring The Best Of You Forward Into 2016

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

What will you do to make 2016 a great year? How will you become the best version of yourself? What personal and professional goals/habits/intentions will set you off on the right path -- for greater resilience, efficacy, and fulfillment? I've put together 11 ideas to boost your personal and professional well-being in the year ahead.

The Martian Teaches Us About Resilience

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.

This Is What It Was Like to Be Tortured at Campo de Mayo

Patricia Erb | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

On this day, the International Day of the Disappeared, I want to share my story. I was taken to the infamous Campo de Mayo. I knew then this meant torture and death. Compared to some, my time at Campo de Mayo was relatively short, four weeks -- that felt like four centuries. The next day the torture began and with it the test of my resilience. Again, memories are a maelstrom of images, sounds and smells: interrogation sessions, my head submerged in water or sewage, rats running amongst exhausted and tortured bodies, injections of "truth" serum, nights of rape.

Make Time to Smile

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.30.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I read a story online this week about a six-year-old boy named Jaden Hayes, who lost both his parents and decided to do something positive, rather than give in to his grief. When we're feeling sad or stressed or over-heated, we should remember Jaden Hayes, and be inspired to be our best self rather than our crankiest self.

What Grief Taught Me

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

When I was 25-years-old and early on in my medical training, I got a phone call from my mom one day. With no preamble, she blurted out, "She's gone!" At first, I didn't know who mom was talking about. Then she said the name. It was Esther, my infant niece.

Facing Adversity Can Turn Us Into Better People

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.16.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The difference between someone who's a victim and someone who's a survivor is the ability to take the crappiest moments in life and turn them into fertilizer. When we can use these painful times as fuel for our personal growth, we can move through any type of difficulty with grace and resilience.

Three Ways to Reset Your Brain for Resilience

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

When I spoke at a Senior's Wellness Day recently, I was reminded about how important it is for all of us -- at any age -- to practice strategies that help keep our thinking flexible and 'buoyant' during every phase of our lives.

Don't Fear Failure, Learn From it!

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

It's okay to let your kids fall, so they can learn how it feels to get back up on their own. Failure in middle school or high school has a much less drastic effect on their long-term success than failure in their first job, when you're not there to help them. If you never let your kids fail, then they won't know how to innovate and grow.