Finding Calm in the Storm


“Resilience is the ability to withstand both everyday stressors and more serious incidents without damage to mental health.”

Everyone experiences stress. It is an inevitable part of life and work. But, stress makes us less productive and causes us to make more mistakes. Prolonged stress can even lead to conditions such as anxiety, depression, and burnout.

We don’t always have control over the things that happen to us, but we can have control over our response. It is a choice whether to let negativity, pressure, fear, or anxiety throw us off our game. If we train our brain to respond differently in stressful situations, we will be less affected and maintain the ability to focus on the tasks at hand.

As we head into our busiest time of year at Smythe, we’ve introduced a four-part series on Resilience Training. The key is building a mindfulness practice that will help us switch off our auto-pilot reactions and focus on the present moment with awareness and intention.

The foundation of this practice is learning to breathe. It sounds simple, but silencing our wandering minds and focusing on something we do automatically is actually a big challenge. In order to be successful, we have each formed accountability partnerships and set a daily intention to spend 8 minutes per day focusing on our breath practice. We are training our brains to stay present and aware through the storms that come our way.

Stay tuned and we will keep you posted on what we learn from our journey at the end of the four weeks!

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