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After some soul searching and several cups of coffee this list represents what IS working in my resilience planning during times of stress.
1. Social Support: Between my family, professional relationships, writing group, prayer partner (who is also named Lisa), and weight watchers community, there is always a safe place for me to ask for help when I need it. Cultivating healthy relationships is a key part of my stress bounce back tool box.
The stress and recovery cycle of a challenging work-out helps our bodies and brains rehearse for the everyday stress that we manage at home or at work. I consider myself fortunate that I have found fitness programs that I LOVE:
Jazzercise has captivated my attention and helped me express my love of music and dance for over 20 years. The studio is a welcoming place to all ages and fitness levels.
If I do not manage my time well I am banished to the treadmill in the closet but this is NOT one of my favorite things.
3. Intellectual/Creative: Now that the girls are mostly launched, I am finding time to manage my own opportunities for learning. Education is a powerful tool in my universe and I am excited to continue to explore options in this area. My writerly side gets great encouragement from Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc. , and Oklahoma Women Bloggers. The private practice psychologist self is finding a renewed involvement in the Oklahoma Psychological Association.
I am hoping this post will encourage you to pour yourself a grande latte and reflect on what is helping you balance and bounce back from stress as of December 2013. Please visit the links to find out more about the various places that bring me great joy and abundant support, maybe they have something to offer you too!