The ability to be strong, to bounce back, to use emotional strength to cope with adversity – that’s what individual resilience is. In the length of a life, you will confront the need to bounce back repeatedly. And what you need to overcome may range from minor to major.
You may face anything and everything from a major severe life-threatening event to a minor illness. And it’s in the facing of these events that your strength of character, your individual resilience is challenged.
When you encounter one of these events, the challenges involved may include danger, impotence, difficulty, and fear. How you choose to address them is what can boost or deflate your resilience.
You have choices when it comes to how you will deal with any kind of threatening or unexpected event.
You may choose to give up and let the event or circumstances decide your fate. Or you may choose to face the issue head-on so you can determine your experience and bounce back from it.
The tools and qualities necessary for either boosting or deflating your individual resilience are related. For example, the level of effort you choose to employ can range from being foolishly brave to courageous to cowering at even trivial events. From obsessive to determined to careless. From foolishly stubborn to focused on the outcome you desire to easily discouraged. From being overconfident to assured to wishy washy. From being a workaholic to an achiever to shiftless.
Hopefully, you can see that the path toward increasing your individual resilience lies in the middle ground of these responses. Ultimately, being resilient means being courageous, conscientious, confident, hardworking, honest, kind, reliable, fair and considerate.
Individual resilience cannot be required. It must be chosen.
Over the millennia, various organizations have tried to guide (and in some cases mandate) the populace in appropriate and resilient behavior. You may recognize this type of guidance in today’s governmental, cultural and religious “laws”.
Governmental law includes speed limits, not being drunk while driving, not loitering, not stealing, paying taxes, and not assaulting or killing another person. Of course, the hope behind these examples is that the population will drive safely and attentively, be productive, respect other people’s possessions, support the government, as well as be kind to others.
Examples of cultural laws include marrying within the culture, the male is the boss at home, and being silent when quizzed by outsiders. Of course, the hope behind these laws is to keep the culture safe.
Religious laws include wearing a cap or hat, honoring parents, praying at specific times, attending religious events/services, etc. And the hope behind these types of laws is to enhance the individual’s connection with what’s right from a spiritual perspective.
Although each of these types of institutions has made attempts to help the populace, the truth is that only you can increase your individual resilience – it can’t be mandated.
We believe that becoming more resilient is a holistic endeavor because character or individual resilience is ultimately the interrelation of all aspects of life.
To some extent individual resilience is a unique individual belief, behavior, and attitude. The only way to address each of these facets is holistically.
A holistic approach includes attitude and behavior toward every aspect of life. The foundation is reverence for creation and the magnificent universe. That includes respect for others, a desire to help others, a respect for your own well-being, honesty, and choosing to cope well with reality.
Each individual’s character development and resilience is tremendously influenced by their parents. Honest, nurturing parents are likely to produce honest, nurturing individuals capable of coping with ordinary life challenges.
However, if your parents were not great examples of individual resilience, you can still boost yours.
You can train yourself for resilience! Before you begin your training, you must begin by understanding where you’re starting from. This is where self-analysis is critical. Ask yourself questions like:
- How organized and responsible are you?
- How efficient are you?
- How disciplined are you?
- How orderly are your efforts?
- How prepared are you to meet the challenges of your life?
- How kind are you?
This self-analysis gets to the root of conscientiousness which is required for individual resilience.
Conscientious, resilient individuals are healthier, make more money and live longer. To a significant degree individual resilience includes the essential health habits! And this is where you can begin your training.
Mastering the 5 essential health habits is the first step in boosting your individual resilience.
This means maintaining a normal Body Mass Index (BMI). Seventy two percent of Americans FAIL this character trait!
No smoking—twenty two percent of Americans FAIL this character trait.
Eating 8 to 10 servings of veggies/fruits daily. Well over half of Americans FAIL this habit.
Exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. Ninety percent of Americans FAIL this character trait.
Sleep 7 or 8 hours every night. Forty two percent of Americans FAIL this resilience supporting trait!
This leaves us with a paltry 2.5% of Americans who are individually resilient when measured in this way!
Because of the tremendous paucity of achievement of the essential health habits in American, we can say virtually everyone needs to start with training the mind and body by doing Autogenic Training. Autogenic Training can make it easier to achieve the 5 essential health habits.
It can help you to have the fortitude and discipline to avoid all the junk food that is available in restaurants and grocery stores, avoid smoking, exercise a minimum of 30 minutes five days a week, and sleep 7 to 8 hours every night! This is the foundation for conscientiousness and individual resilience.
Just accomplishing these minimum essential habits would within 25 years increase the average life expectancy from a miserable 79 years to 100 years. And the super resilient could then extend a healthy life to 125 or up to 150 years!
Once you’ve made Autogenic Training a habitual part of your life, the next step to consider in building your individual resilience is taking the entire Biogenics® course.
The next step in making sure you’re set up to be as resilient as possible is to remove the toxins from your life.
The most common toxins people consume are prescriptions drugs for chronic diseases and chronic pain. If you are currently taking any prescription drugs longer than six months, you need help as ALL drugs long term suck life energy and create more harm than good.
Other toxins you need to eliminate in order to achieve the highest levels of individual resilience include fluoride, MSG, Roundup®, and emotional stress.
Looking for more support in increasing your individual resilience?
If you would like more assistance in boosting your resilience, consider a consultation with us at Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. In addition to assisting you in developing the essential lifestyle, we have a variety of health-enhancing tools—TENS, RejuvaTENS™, the RelaxMate, restoration of DHEA (the anti-stress hormone), RejuvaMatrix®, intravenous ozone and vitamin C, and the Shealy-Sorin Gamma PEMF®.
Individual resilience requires healthy energy! We have the tools and the know-how to help you reclaim your healthy energy.
Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. Dr. Sergey Sorin is a holistic physician as well as the CEO and medical director of the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. Both doctors recommend the Biogenics® System as part of your overall commitment to a healthy, resilient life.