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My first thought when approaching this blog with the title ‘Keys to Resilience’: was do I dare use my keys as an analogy? I am sure I could ask to change the title right Claire? Maybe…‘Tools for Resilience’, and yet keys are essential for access, 

Whirlpool in a glass of water

There’s this thing that happens sometimes, you might be familiar with it, I like to call it “the spiral.” The spiral happens when my old friend anxiety creeps up; I encounter a particularly stressful event and with compounding momentum become irritable, hypervigilant, worry excessively, 

Vision in Scrabble tiles

Have you ever heard of a “vision board?” Vision boards, which have gained some notice over the past few years, is a tool to help focus and clarify a person’s life goals. It sounds a little hokey but stay with me for a few minutes on this one and I’ll give both sides of the argument. 

Splashing water on face

When people hear the term “self-care,” they often think of a massage, a yoga class, or a weekend vacation. Many people don’t think they have time during their busy day for self-care. But I find that I can have self-care in my busy daily schedule by taking “little moments” of self-care throughout the day.  

Adult and child playing on playground

As the last blog focused on self-care, eating habits, and how to bring the two together in a healthy way, I think it’s important to touch on the other often obvious aspect of physical self-care which is exercise. And to get things started off, I want us to stop thinking about exercise and instead think about movement.

Box of fruits and vegetables

Sometimes it seems like we confuse physical self-care with how we look physically as opposed to how we feel physically. I mention self-care in different settings and almost every time someone says they’ve been meaning to “go on a diet.” 

path in the woods

Taking a long walk in nature. Getting adequate sleep. Spending time with loved ones. Do these suggestions sound familiar? I’m sure you’ve heard long lists of ideas for what is known as Self Care.

Clip art of person with top of head open and hearts escaping

One of the most important components of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is Empathy. This word is often used interchangeably with the word Sympathy. While Sympathy refers to an expression of care and concern for someone’s suffering, Empathy is a person’s ability to recognize and share the emotions of another person. Empathy is feeling with someone, while Sympathy is feeling for someone.

map and compass

Out of all the components of emotional intelligence, relationship management is the most fundamental to your survival. Think of your first years in this world. Did someone instruct you to love your caregivers, cry when you needed help, or laugh during a game of peek-a-boo? It was likely natural and instinctual to engage in relationships with others, because your survival depended on it and your perfect little body was made for it. 

two people holding hands showing empathy

Plainly, social awareness is the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others. More poetically, it is empathy 2.0. Through empathy, we understand how someone is feeling, but with social awareness we are both instinctual and thoughtful with ours and other’s feelings.