How to Remain Resilient During Unprecedented Times
What is resilience?
Guaranteed, in the coming months you will hear this sentence: “None of us have experienced anything like this.” As a planet, we’re in unfamiliar waters. Daunting as times may be, our global community has a unique talent for solidarity and creation in times of hardship. It goes beyond strength–this is true resilience.
It’s been noted that resilience is merely the skill and capacity to be robust under conditions of enormous stress and change. Resilient people staunchly face reality, improvise solutions–seemingly out of thin air and find meaning, rather than despair, in hardship.
So how do we become more resilient and bounce back?
Human beings are wired for connection. Without it, we are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. Staying connected with family and friends helps everyone feel slightly saner. And thankfully, the internet provides new modes of connectedness. Reach out to your loved ones for a weekly family dinner over Zoom, or contact friends when your spirits need lifting. Reinforce your communication with older family members. Vulnerable populations deserve added support and care. We can beat back the quarantine blues, no matter the distance.
Most of us are homebound and safe. And while we may feel concerned about our security, there are many essential employees on the front lines. Health care professionals and first responders work every day to preserve the health of thousands. Grocery store employees and delivery workers allow us to access the essentials. While at home, you can help! Make purchases from small, local businesses. Practice generous tipping. Make a donation to your local hospital. And if you sew, you might be able to help meet potential demand for homemade masks. (Check with your local healthcare facility first to see if they are accepting homemade masks. If they are, ask what pattern and fabric to use as that varies by location.) To stay resilient together, we must all contribute.
Manifesting physical resilience.
Our bodies need stimulation and activity to maintain good health. In isolation, we may feel tempted to fall back into unconstructive patterns. Long naps and binge-watching have their allure, but our bodies and brains feel better when we’re up and about.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is THE way to get, or stay, in shape at home. Quick, intense sets, combined with longer periods of rest, utilize your energy efficiently. HIIT builds muscle fast, preserving bone and muscle health while spurring metabolic activity. Exercise is proven to boost positive feelings; consistency and routine do the same.
Shelter-in-place etiquette urges online grocery shopping over errand-running. While we’re getting fit and organized, let’s acknowledge this incredible opportunity to lean into meal-prep. Creating healthy meals is now as simple as finding a recipe and adding the ingredients to your cart. With online delivery, we have the time to cook and resources to prepare a week's worth of food, all while limiting our exposure.
Cultivating internal resilience is as important as any workout. Our bodies are composed of cells in the trillions. Every cell has a different objective, and to self-repair and thrive, they need energy. Cells depend on a molecule called NAD+ to stoke said energy and motivate healthy cell function.
Promoting the production of NAD+, Tru Niagen® supports cellular resilience. This micronutrient increases the production of NAD+ by 40 to 50%, supporting energy metabolism and repair at the cellular level. This is of added value to adults and seniors, who experience a significant decline in NAD+ as they age. Whether you seek to impact your own cellular health or want to give the gift of supported cells to a loved one, Tru Niagen® helps you stay resilient, together.
This is not an easy time. Isolation presents challenges that inevitably trigger difficult emotions, especially if an individual lives alone. With some small adjustments and a little intention, this experience can be transformed from loneliness to solitude.
Mindfulness is a method of observing thought–by watching our impulses, we enable them to come and go as visitors, rather than offering them free rent. A mindfulness practice requires little more than willingness. Donate ten minutes of your day to meditation, and your perspective on self-quarantine may shift.
Human beings are wired for connection. Without it, we are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. This is why it’s essential to stay connected with family and friends. Resisting the urge to emotionally isolate ensures that our emotional resilience remains intact. We can beat back the quarantine blues, no matter the distance.
This is not forever.
We’re living in a time where every day brings new questions. None of us have ever experienced this before. Ups and downs are a natural, human response as we adapt. These times are uncertain, and they are temporary.
Tru Niagen® is here. We continue to work every day, socially distanced and attuned, to deliver cellular health to doorsteps worldwide. We’re in this together. And we’re resilient as ever.