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Building Personal Resilience

Navigating our grief journey isn’t a “one size fits all.”  Neither is building resilience. We’ve asked hundreds of grievers for a personal piece of advice they’d like to share with others. Here is their collected wisdom.

We’ve divided the wisdom into four groups; body, mind, spirit and social. We’ll cover one area per week for the next four posts. As you consider each area, we invite you to take a closer look at the balance in your own life. What areas need more nudging in your life? Be honest with yourself. Is there an area you need to bolster? What would help you achieve greater balance in your life? An exercise buddy? A Prayer Partner? A Book Group? A Grief Support Group?

Try a few things out. How do they work for you? If one idea isn’t a fit, know that there are plenty of other ideas in our sampler.


Exercise. Ideas: Talk a walk. Join a yoga class, dance class, water aerobics class.

Eat a Well Balanced Diet: Ideas: Cook meals ahead you love and freeze in single servings. Order an extra meal at your favorite restaurant for another night.

Sleep enough/not too much: Ideas: go to bed and get up at regular times. Block out unnecessary light. Use a fan or white noise machine. Careful about overuse of caffeine and alcohol.

Breath. Sounds simple. You think you have this one down. Be intentional—take deep breaths; inhale for 4 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds. This will trigger your  relaxation response.

Your Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God.”

1 Corinthians 6:19

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