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Happier, Healthier, and More Stress-Free in 2023!
#29 of 52 Mindfulness and the Resilience Within You!

Hello again, Jon Macaskill here, retired Navy SEAL Commander turned Mindfulness and Leadership coach from Frogman Mindfulness and The Men Talking Mindfulness Podcast

Welcome to the latest edition of our Frogman Mindfulness newsletter/blog! In this issue, I want to talk about the buzzword… resilience!

Resilience is not a gift bestowed upon the lucky – it’s a skill, honed and developed over time. We all were born with a certain level of resilience. If you’re reading this, you are a living testament to that fact. Each challenge you’ve faced in your life, you’ve overcome, and that shows your resilience.

Yet, like any muscle in the body, resilience can be built up or it can atrophy. It is our job to make sure we are consistently flexing this resilience muscle, especially during the calm periods so we’re ready when the storms hit. How do we do that? Mindfulness.

Being present, being aware, and accepting the reality of the moment can boost our resilience. It allows us to observe the situation objectively, understand our role in it, and focus on actionable solutions. It helps us stay balanced during tumultuous times and reinforces our ability to bounce back.

In my own journeys, as a Navy SEAL, as a husband, as a father, as an entrepreneur, and just as a human being, I’ve found a unique blend of mindfulness and resilience working together. Just last week, while dealing with a particularly challenging situation, I found myself instinctively tapping into my well of resilience, fueled by my mindfulness practice. It reminded me of the silent strength we all possess and how mindfulness helps in accessing it.

There are numerous ways to build resilience:

  1. Embrace Change: Change is a part of life. Embrace it rather than resist it.
  2. Nurture Optimism: Maintain a hopeful outlook. It’s not about ignoring the bad, but rather, believing in your abilities to make good things happen.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Your mental and physical health are crucial. Exercise regularly, eat healthily, and ensure you get enough rest.
  4. Establish Goals: Having something to work towards can provide a sense of purpose and direction.
  5. Stay Connected: Keep in touch with family and friends who can provide support and encouragement.

Incorporate these tips into your life to build up your resilience over time. And remember, every challenge you’ve ever faced, you’ve overcome. You’re stronger than you think.

Until next time, stay present and stay inspired.

Jon Macaskill (From Frogman Mindfulness and the Men Talking Mindfulness Podcast)

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1 Comment

  1. Dale Hartt

    If you want to learn resilience, sign up for grappling or wrestling. So much adversity, so much opportunity to be better.


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