What are meditation and mindfulness? Meditation has a history that goes back thousands of years, and many meditative techniques began in Eastern traditions. The term â€œmeditationâ€ refers to a variety of practices that focus on mind and body integration and are used to calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. Some types of meditation involve … Read more
Stress is a physical and emotional reaction that people experience as they encounter challenges in life. When youâ€™re under stress, your body reacts by releasing hormones that produce the â€œfight-or-flightâ€ response. Your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure go up, your muscles tense, and you sweat more. Occasional stress is a normal coping mechanism. However, long-term stress (also called chronic stress) may contribute to or worsen a range of health problems including digestive disorders, headaches, sleep disorders, and other symptoms. Stress may worsen asthma and has been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
Our efforts to identify the features of a resilient mindset represent more than an academic exercise. We believe that the more precisely we can articulate these features, the more successfully we can develop strategies for nurturing this mindset and resilient behaviors in ourselves and in our children.