One of the pivotal goals of holistic health care is cultivating resilience, the ability to absorb change and to bounce back from setbacks, disappointments, and failures. In an article in The Harvard Business Review, Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan suggest that we have misunderstood the meaning of resilience; we think it means toughing it out, which can lead to overwork, lack of sleep, and exhaustion.

Our resilience develops from our nurturing ourselves and our letting go of excessive behavior. Bradford counsels us to take more cognitive breaks during the day where we move from high mental arousal states to free time adventures. As for excesses, they shock us with the following statistic: The average person turns on [checks] a cell phone 150 times every day.

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