Resilience and how to reconnect with nature

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Resilience is something we all have, one way or the other. Many people just don’t know that resilience is all about habits, thoughts and actions that anyone can learn and further develop.

The more resilient you are, the more you can be there for others as well.

Resilience can be built by taking good care of yourself physically as well as mentally by reacting and adapting to the world around us.

You can strengthen this mental resilience by creating experiences, for example through exercises. These experiences can only really become part of you when they become more than just a fun activity or a clear insight. After experiencing them they have to become part of your subconscious. You do this by repeating a certain pattern in your brain over and over again, and by doing so you strengthen it. Think of resilience as a muscle that you have to train to be able to successfully call upon it.

Below I will give you 5 useful exercises that can be used daily to strengthen that resilience:

EXERCISE 1: Reconnect with nature

Especially with spring around the corner, nature is at its most beautiful. You can hear the birds chirping, you can see them preparing their nests, you can smell the green fields.

Go for a 30-minute daily walk in nature to clear your head, to reconnect with nature, but most of all to reconnect with yourself!

EXERCISE 2: Smile

A super simple way to strengthen your resilience is to smile! By smiling every day, you train your subconscious mind to be happy and radiate it. It always works to change your physical state. Your mood will automatically follow in a natural way. Try it. Smile as soon as you get up to reset your emotional state to a  positive one.

EXERCISE 3: Be grateful & generous

When you are grateful for what you have, you allow yourself to have what you want to achieve and you allow yourself to have more of it. Generosity means living in a mindset of abundance and positivity, being generous to others, to animals, and the world around you. Think about ways that you can give back. And, giving back can be in small, everyday things.  How can you give back as a mother/father to your child, as a wife/husband to your partner, as a neighbor, as a friend?… Think about that deep one-on-one conversation you had with your children where you went beyond the daily “how are you?” 

EXERCISE 4: Just DO!

You must dare to set goals that ignite a fire within you, goals that make you want to take profound action. Goals that could push you out of your comfort zone! How many times have you asked yourself the question, “WHAT do I really want in my life?” Many people think they know exactly what they want, but when you ask them about the details of their dreams, goals, desires, they can’t give a clear answer. Their dreams are not specific enough. They have only a vague idea of what they want, but never really thought about their WHY and HOW.

EXERCISE 5: Believe in yourself

This is the most difficult exercise of them all! Say very consciously and daily to yourself “I believe in myself.” Every day we receive influences and comments from everyone around us. How often do we let our heads hang down, do we listen to what others tell us which is hugely impacting our self-confidence? YOU have to believe in yourself and YOUR abilities. Faith and dedication are the basis of an ironclad confidence that you can handle EVERYTHING!


A gift from me to you… Music is a huge personal motivator. Waking up every morning in the right setting is very important to me. My daily morning song that motivates me and keeps me going every time is ‘unstoppable‘ by Sia. 

Maybe you should also look for your motivator? The thing that keeps your engine running, that feeds your resilience.

During our Time2Reconnect Experience Weekends we focus very much on resilience and reconnecting with nature. You can register for one of our weekends via the following link: https://www.destination.be/time2reconnect

This article has been written by Ellen Van den branden for Time2Reconnect

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