Practicing Resilience in Daily Life

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Our daily frustrations, irritations, and interruptions are the perfect chance to 'practice' developing resilience.

Just for fun...

BEFORE I give you the list of 'resilient family culture strategies'...

I want to illustrate 'resilience' in daily life.

And I'll use a day in my life -- TODAY -- as an example.

(And while I do that, I want you to look for the 'strategies of resilience and see if you can spot them... It's kind of like a game. Leave a comment and tell me how many you find and tomorrow I'll tell you if you're right!)

My day 'today' starts last night...

Because if you don't get to bed at a good time and have enough restful sleep...

Then you're potentially sabotaging the following day.

Dinner happens around 5:30 or 6:00 pm and I stop eating and begin intermittent fasting around that time.

(Not eating after 6 or the latest 7 pm helps me sleep better at night).

I read in bed until about 9:45 or 10:00 pm.

(I've created family systems that allow me to do this).

(I do feel a little hungry before bed, so I take a spoonful of raw honey.)

I sleep soundly (because I've created systems for good sleep -- like blackout curtains, a soft mattress, perfect room temperature, etc.)

My 3-year-old comes into our room around 5:00 am(?), but we all drift quickly back to sleep.

I awake naturally, without an alarm, and feeling rested at 6:45 am.

After my 'bath & bedroom routines' (teeth, toilet, and workout clothes), I head downstairs and start the electric tea kettle for my morning herbal tea.

While it boils, I bounce on my rebounder (a birthday gift from yesterday) and do some morning stretching to activate my lymphatic system.

Then I prepare my herbal tea. It's specifically designed to help me continue intermittent fasting until 9 or 10 am -- plus the healthy fats first thing in the morning give a boost to my brain.

  • Boiling water

  • Herbal tea. My preference is Twinnings Mint Tea.

  • 1-2 Tbs of grass fed butter. We use Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter

  • 1-2 Tbs of coconut oil or MCT oil (optional)

  • Cocoa nibs (additional polyphenols and antioxidants) (optional)

  • Cream (not really good for you unless it's raw, grass fed, and organic, but that's hard to find in the USA and I am 'addicted' to it... so I add it anyway, planning to go raw as soon as we move back to Europe one day... 😉)

Once my tea is ready I go to my office to begin my Morning Routine which includes:

  • Prayer or meditation

  • Writing my 'morning pages'

  • Reading from spiritual literature