Control your attention
Resilience is both the ability to adapt to changes, and to stand firm when change is happening around you. We can practice how to do both.
In our Challenge of Change Resilience courses, we talk about the need to value and develop our mental health as much as we do our physical health.
A few months ago I attended the 13th annual conference on Happiness and Its Causes in Sydney.
The new buzz-word is 'mindfulness'.
The key to understanding what the programme is about is attention.
How is Sir Graham Henry coping with the stress of releasing a book and the furore surrounding his suspicion about match fixing in the 2007 game against France?
We generally attach relaxation to particular times, such as weekends or the summer holiday.
Participants in the Challenge of Change Resilience training sessions spend time at the beginning generating objectives for the day, and a common theme that emerges from the exercise is about sleep.