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Do you want to be more resilient?

Recently I was at a business boot camp with Theo Paphitis – yes, he's one of the first dragons from Dragons' Den – and one of the entrepreneurs asked a very good question:

“How can I learn to be more resilient?”



Coincidentally it was the first day of Mental Health Awareness week, but as I always say, we need mental – as well as physical – health awareness every day, not just when we have a dedicated week.


Anyway, it was palpable that this question resonated with so many people as it got many nods and general acknowledgement from the audience.


First of all, how to define resilience?


To me, it's the ability to adapt, bounce back, and nonchalantly react to adversity, challenging situations and/or significant sources of stress.


Being resilient means being able to tackle, recover from, and even grow after daunting life experiences. Then, to turn these into learning experiences, demonstrating creative problem-solving abilities with a sense of careful optimism and hope for a good outcome and future – while staying calm, composed and emotionally strong.


So, how can we become more resilient?


My favourite modality is, of course, TRE and as I started practising during the lockdowns, I noticed that I was becoming more and more resilient myself.


What does TRE do?


TRE supports us in releasing tension from the body and it promotes relaxation and well-being by also down-regulating an overly active nervous system.


When we are resilient, it can help us to bounce back from adversity, stress, or trauma and TRE can help us with this in several ways:


First of all, TRE is not just a stress management, but a stress release tool – we want to get rid of it, right?


When we are stressed, we tense up and this tension can accumulate in the body.


Releasing this tension can help us to relax and also reduce any symptoms that might already have manifested, e.g. tension headaches, back pain, teeth grinding, gastrointestinal issues or anxiety, irritability, anger and more.


And when we are more relaxed and our nervous system is well-regulated, we can deal much better with anything life throws at us.


This also includes emotions, i.e. we can regulate emotions in a much more effective way, which in turn can lead to feeling stronger and more resilient.


Because I teach you how to help yourself, rather than treat you, TRE is empowering.


You can take an active role in your health and well-being, which gives you a sense of agency and empowerment.


And the modality I teach – simply and literally shaking off tension – gives you a valuable tool to use for the rest of your life. There's no need to see me again and again and that's the beauty of TRE.


TRE will also save you time and money.


You can play an active role and be in charge of your own mental and physical health – what could be a better tool to cope with any unexpected life challenges?


As Dr David Berceli, the creator of TRE, said in a recent lecture: “If we all had a well-regulated nervous system, there weren't any conflicts in the world.”


While this is a big statement, we all know that peace starts with each of us in the first instance – and it's no coincidence that many clients report an improvement in their relationships with:


  • themselves

  • their own body

  • their partner

  • their family/friends/colleagues


This always reminds me of my client Via who was menopausal, struggled with her mood and general feelings and said about her TRE practice:


“Even my teenage kids don't irritate me anymore."


Anyway, back to the boot camp.


One participant asked Theo how his body feels when he is stressed.


His answer? “I feel very tight, very nervous.”


Isn't it comforting that even super successful people feel like that?


His answer to the question “What do you do to regulate?” was: “Quite frankly, I feel like I take myself away from the situation.”


Well, not sure how he does it, but my recommendation is the most innate and natural one: → shake it off!

Obviously not in that particular situation, but retrospectively and indeed preventatively, just a few minutes of practising TRE can help so much – and that brings us neatly back to becoming more resilient.


Does this resonate with you?

Have you been looking for a tool to help you tackle whatever life throws at you in a much calmer and more relaxed way? Do you want to be more resilient?


Let's have a chat – maybe it's time for you to start your TRE journey.


I bet you'll never look back and I'm here to guide and support you on the very first steps of your journey.


Natural. Innate. TREmendous.

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