Resilience Movement: a necessary move
Crisis and growing agression everywhere, repressed children’s voices… Are you also tired of waiting, powerless or in fear for someone else to decide how your life will be in the coming days, weeks and months? Fortunately, there are paths we can take, together and alone, for greater physical, mental and emotional balance.
Taking your own small initiative or joining existing initiatives that give you energy in your area is perfect. This movement requires no membership or registration, no conditions for joining. Be creative, be inspired and inspire others. If you like you can make your action visible on facebook or Instagram (resilience_movement.eu).
- #ResMove collects practical tools and ideas for schools and parents and anyone else who is interested in resilience: check the downloads and links on this website. You can also send us your information and links so we can add them to the inspiration list, downloads, or the Links-page.
- #ResMove facilitates online sharing and connections: check our Facebook group, Instagram (resilience_movement.eu) and the interviews (in Dutch and French) and articles on the blog-page.
- #ResMove gives you the freedom and responsibility to discover what you and your environment need to create more resilience. Be creative, every little action is important!
Goal and Result
This movement wants to stimulate resilient leadership in children, young people and adults, at school, at home, at work, in the media and in politics.
We strive for a dignified, wise, inclusive and creative society of healthy people who, as they grow, learn to deal with tension, conflict, polarisation and, above all, with each other.
Are you in?
In your own way, you too can help build a peaceful coexistence step by step.
Be together the leaders of tomorrow with focus, courage and perseverance.
Start today, acting for stronger health and immunity, social interaction and creativity.
Think of a spring that can withstand a certain pressure. When the pressure is removed, the spring will bounce back and return to its original shape. Unless the pressure is too heavy, then the spring deforms and loses its ability to bounce back. People can also bounce back to a healthy state after disturbances and setbacks*. Provided that basic skills have been developed to tolerate pressure and tension, and that the pressure does not exceed the carrying capacity. Developing these basic skills takes effort, especially when it is new. So practising resilience is not always fun. But it can be linked to enjoyable activities.
*By healthy state, we mean that you are capable of human connection and that you can express and fulfil your basic needs on a physical, emotional and mental level.
We are still working on the translation of our downloads in English. If you have any interesting downloads we could add in English, please let us know so we can post it here. There are many books on resilience though, here are some of our favorites:
- Rick Hanson. Resilient: how to grow an unshakeable core of calm, strength and happiness
- Dan Siegel & co. Mindful parenting collection
- Brené Brown. Rising strong
- 12 favorites of Everydayhealth.com
Apps to train focus, concentration and meditation
- Covid19 brings us valuable experiences, such as the awareness of how important human connection and health is. And we are experiencing a growing culture of fear, the deterioration of social interaction and our immune systems, the ignoring of social issues such as poverty, climate and discrimination. Meanwhile, the number of burnouts and other stress-related illnesses continues to rise.
- Aggression is increasing throughout society, especially in schools. As a result of too many stimuli and a lack of emotional development, our children attack each other. Because we have no time, there are no clear boundaries. There is a judgemental performance culture, social exclusion, mass consumerism, perverse power structures, etc.
- Education is collapsing under the cognitive curricula, and the framework, support and resources for teaching staff are inadequate and outdated. The digital and social media pressure is increasing exponentially. Unfortunately, schools are still producing obedient, docile, knowledge-reflecting people. And school drop-outs.
Goals and Results
D1: Maximum focus on resilience at school, work and home, without having to wait for political decisions or approval.
R1: Rapidly improving atmosphere, concentration and communication at school, at home and at work.
D2: Media explicitly gives time and attention to energy-giving info and basic info on how to strengthen your immune system.
R2: Increased general knowledge among the whole population about health, dealing with uncertainty, illness and fear leads to less powerlessness and aggression and to a constructive, creative attitude to life.
D3: Decision-making and political action aim to create a dignified climate in all areas. Children, young people, their carers and vulnerable families must be heard in this process.
R3: More wisdom, clarity and humanity in (political) decision-making, greater decisiveness and support to achieve desired results.
Are you in?
- Talk to and inform your different networks about resilience, active citizenship, health and leadership.
- Make time for a walk and other healthy activities or “pause moments” that boost your immune system.
- Share pictures or stories of your resilience activities with everyone (even on social media :-).
- Invite your contacts personally (privately and through school or work) to join you in developing resilience.
Resilience from the dictionary
- “The ability to be happy, successful, healthy again after something difficult or bad has happened. “Trauma researchers emphasize the resilience of the human psyche.“
- The ability of a substance to return to its usual shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed. “The plant fibre has incredible strength and resilience.“
- The quality of being able to return quickly to a previous good condition after problems
The 10 facets of resilience
- Ability to self-soothe
- Balanced physical activity and self-care
- Capacity for self-reliance
- Emotional expression
- Non-judgment, equanimity
- Optimism and joy
- Sense of cohesion and connection
- Social support and kindness
Resilience exercises to remember
Find a quiet place where you can have your full attention for a while, without distractions or disturbances.
Posture: make your posture upright and at the same time relaxed, your spine straight, your chest wider, your shoulders slightly back.
Breathing: Breathe in once more, feel how your lungs fill up, oxygen feeds your whole body, and while breathing out you allow relaxation where possible, your posture remains straight and open.
Space: Stretch out your arms, be aware of the space around you and look around to all sides, corners, windows, also backwards, downwards and upwards. Move around in the room if you wish.
Quality: Say out loud to yourself “what would it be like with a little more ease (or another quality) in my body?” and feel how your body reacts. Maybe some muscles relax or react just a little bit, or maybe you notice something in your thoughts or feelings.
Inspiration: Think of someone who makes you smile, who makes you happy or inspires you, and stay with this feeling for a while.
2. Resilient dialogue in 4 steps
- Dialogue requires a safe-enough situation in which we dare to speak.
- Allowing and expressing emotions requires non-judgmental listening.
- Discovering wisdom requires being able to feel what has moved you, to notice what is important for you.
- Finding solutions asks you to think of concrete actions based on your wise insights.
Step 1 Safe dialogue: What is needed before we start talking? E.g: That we all have our own truth? Agree that we will not interrupt each other? That we will not attack each other? That a third person is present?
Step 2 Expressing emotions: What is going well, what is not going well? First let one person speak fully and then the other. Do not react to each other, no questions, no judgements. Tell how you feel, what you think and what you want.
Step 3 Wisdom and insights: What has touched you in what has been said? What do you remember most? What does this say about you as a person? Share these insights with each other.
Step 4 Solutions: Are there concrete ideas for action that you can think of? Try to collect as many ideas as possible and look at the feasibility together.