The Zone, Vol 17: Resilience


by The ParaDocs

July 22, 2020

The Zone Weekly with paraDocs

Resilience is hard won. It’s not a straight line. It’s full of unforeseen dips, reversals, bends, and twists. Although these redirects may feel like setbacks, they’re precisely when you’re on the verge of your next breakthrough.

In Volume 17 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in staying present on the journey and staying the course, especially when its most challenging.

For over 10 years, they have worked closely with us on aging concerns and have presented many webinars and in-person workshops. Their newsletter, The Zone, is a weekly mental health and nutrition tip sheet during times of change.


The path to a resilient lifestyle is one that consistently needs to be reviewed for the natural ups and downs of the terrain. When starting out on a new path, we frequently are full of hope, excitement, and anticipation for where it may take us. As our journey continues, there are frequently unexpected occurrences and accompanying feelings. Sometimes these feelings become overwhelming and discourage us from continuing our path.
 
When this happens, it’s a critical juncture. It’s an opportunity to grow stronger. To this end, we may choose to pause on our path and review the landscape. This pause can be the perfect time to reassess your path in order to discontinue some items and re-map our path. This mini transition can be frustrating as it slows our progress momentarily. But it’s essential to our journey’s success and will occur multiple times along the way. This transition gets us ready to continue the journey and may include letting some things go, reflection, networking, new experiences and new learnings.
 

Key Takeaways

  • The path to a resilient lifestyle is full of uneven and unexpected terrain.
  • Pausing along the way can be frustrating, however it is essential, and will occur multiple times along the way.
  • Having a conscious awareness of our journey is key to success.

Best Practices

  • Stay hydrated. This means, daily 6-8 cups of fluid for women and 7-9 cups of fluid for men.
  • Be a prophet of Bloom not Gloom.
  • Make connections with others.

Things to Limit

  • “Throwing in the towel”
  • Excessive alcohol consumption because it can contribute to dehydration.
  • Sitting and staying in one-place for too long.

In summary, with numerous issues confronting us in today’s world, it’s important to keep above the fray of the turmoil so that you don’t get caught up in the craziness of the moment. In order to maintain and enhance one’s balance, developing honest and deep relationships is health enhancing.


Quote of the Week

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over just sitting there.” – Will Rogers

About the author 

The ParaDocs

The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P. and Chief Academic Officer and, Dr. Helen E. Battisti, PhD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change. If you would like to subscribe to The Zone, please email info@avilainstitute.org and we will get you on the mailing list.


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