Building Resiliency

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Resiliency is a term that is gaining momentum in the mental health world. I first heard it discussed during my time at the VA in Hampton, Virginia; the discussion hinged upon how to increase our psychological capacity to absorb trauma. I like to think about resiliency as the amount of emotional space one has to hold all the difficult things life will bring. Grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, marital problems, and addiction are a few of the tough ones. Marriage, a great new job, an unexpected windfall, or the blessing of children are often positively stressing. Resiliency talks about the conditions inside our emotional selves that will host or act as home to these ups and downs. 

Please take a moment and enjoy this article from the New York Times. It addresses ways to increase our resiliency. 

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