Putting Resilience Interventions to the Test

I recently read a very lengthy fascinating article on how science in the Middle East is being used to document teens stress levels using hair analysis. Here is my summary.

In 2015 more than 800 teenage boys and girls in northern Jordan each allowed 100 strands of hair to be snipped from their heads. Half the teens were Syrian refugees, the other half Jordanians living in the area.

The study was carried out by molecular biologist Rana Dajani from the… Continue reading

Does Pain Cause Stress, or Stress Cause Pain?

As a practicing chiropractor in Canada and Australia for a good part of my life I cared for thousands of patients who presented with low back pain, neck pain, and headache. In many instances these presenting patients pain was stress-related. For most of these patients, their problems were chronic and they had been putting up with their untreated stressed out bodies for a long time. The time frame was 30 or 40 years sometimes before their bodies finally quit. The… Continue reading

The Building of Resilience

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave a powerful and emotional commencement speech on building resilience to the University of California, Berkeley’s class of 2016.

Sandberg said, “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience, but like a muscle, you can build it up and draw on it when you need it. In that process, you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

The pioneer of… Continue reading

Developing Resilience

In competitive basketball a coach can call a ‘time-out’ by using the sign that is displayed in the image above. When the stress rises and the players need to be more resilient, the coach calls for a STOP in the game to coach his players with tools and strategies to turn the situation around.

In an article in the Harvard Business review relates…

“A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance of… Continue reading

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