I turn 35 this month! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve treated my birthday more like New Years. Worrying about things I have yet to accomplish, and figuring out what I want to check off the to-do list before the next birthday. In honor of 35, for no reason specifically, I’m going to read one self-help book each a month, for the next twelve months. Starting with 21 Days to Resilience by Dr. Zelana Montminy. I was provided with a copy of this book and it was perfect to kick off my new Reading Towards a Better Me Series!
Building Resilience in 21 Days
“Happiness is not about wishful thinking, good luck or avoiding negative thoughts.”
I never realized how much I loved and needed consistency and planning until I was actually still doing it. Well, I’m still working on the consistency part a little bit and I’m awesome at planning work now, but other than that….I need help. So I’m working on building resilience in 21 days with the help of 21 Days to Resilience. My hope is to find my strongest self, begin replacing bad habits with new ones, and create more structure at home.
21 Days to Resilience is more of a toolkit than a book. Each day of the “program” designed by leading positive psychology expert Zelana Montminy, Ph.D. introduces a key trait that is necessary to improve resiliency, and enhance well-being. Things like gratitude, focus, playfulness, self-respect, and flexibility. There are also three simple tasks to accomplish each day: one each morning, one during each day, and one each evening. I love that there is also space to write in the book for each task!
In addition to the daily tasks, each chapter ends with a “Lifelong” exercise offering ways to build skills to keep your resiliency muscles strong. That is going to be my favorite part of this whole process to building resilience in 21 days….the lifelong takeaways. This book lays lays the foundation for happiness, and shows you how to build your strength to carry you through the rest of your life.
Being resilient does not mean that you won’t encounter problems or have difficulties overcoming a challenge in your life. The difference is that resilient people don’t let their adversity define them. At its core, resilience is about being capable and strong enough to persevere in adverse or stressful conditions—and to take away positive meaning from that experience. Living with resilience is more than just bouncing back; it is about shifting our perceptions, changing our responses, and growing from them. – Dr. Montminy
Grab a copy of 21 Days to Resilience and join me in Building Resilience in 21 Days!