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The Roots of Resilience

Episode #13

We’re all wired for resilience. It’s built into all living systems, from a single cell to dynamic global systems. And none of us would be here if we didn't have it. But, have you wondered why we all have different levels of resilience and how it can be boosted? In this episode, we explore what resilience means, how to protect your resilience, how to get it back if it's been depleted, and even how to grow it to a level you might not have thought you could get to. 



  • [03:34] What does resilience mean and why do so many people struggle with it?
  • [11:30] Aimee explains the term Ordinary Magic and the research behind it. 
  • [14:50] Key factors to boost your resilience. 
  • [18:32] Restoring resilience through our model, The Roots of Resilience.
  • [24:20] Emotional reactivity and how it's related to depression.


Key Takeaways:

  • Everyone has a different level of resilience and it’s determined by three primary things: genetics, early childhood, and current stress. 
  • The Roots of Resilience include: Balancing brain chemistry, managing energy, aligning with nature, calming your mind, turning toward the feeling, cultivating a good heart, and creating deep connections.
  • It is never too late to learn the skills or support others so that our natural resilience can take the lead.


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Sources and Notes:

  • Resilience Quiz and free Mini-CourseBased on decades of clinical experience, we've created a model of resilience that is both helpful and practical. True to our approach at Natural Mental Health, we start with strengths. You'll identify these strengths in your Resilience Type. Your Resilience Type highlights your unique strengths, what fuels your joy, what keeps you in balance, and the lifestyle practices that most nourish you. After you find your Resilience Type, sign up for your free mini-course to receive tailored lifestyle practices (e.g., foods to eat more of, ideal forms of exercise, supplements, and mindfulness activities) that can support your mood, resilience, and overall wellbeing.
  • Resilient Community: Access lots of extra resilience-boosting resources (like our Sleeping Well Workshop) AND you'll join a group of inspiring folks who play an integral role in keeping this podcast going... which means powerful resources stay accessible to everyone.  
  • Joy Lab Program: Take the next leap in your wellbeing journey with step-by-step practices to help you build and maintain the elements of joy in your life.
  • Ordinary Magic, Resilience in Development 
  • Summary of the Project Competence Longitudinal Study 
  • Evidence and other poems by Mary Oliver
  • Subscribe to our Newsletter: Join us over at NaturalMentalHealth.com for exclusive emails, updates, and additional strategies.
  • Check out our favorite resilience-boosting reads: https://bookshop.org/shop/NMHreads
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