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How do you find where you are? How to you determine your baseline resiliency? You can take ACE / PCE resiliency tests on line. They consist of 15 - 20 questions regarding life experiences you encountered before you were 18 years old. If your numbers indicate, and you are not currently receiving counseling, finding and speaking with a councilor is your first step.
A side quest, if you will, for the TYR project and this blog is to destigmatize mental health treatment. In the upper mid-west of America if a Law Enforcement Officer sought out help from a personal trainer to get into better shape there is no shame associated with that. That Officer does not feel the need to keep it secret. They never have the thought that I will lose my job or specialty position if it is discovered that I got help maintaining my health. More than likely they brag about it and receive positive social feedback for the effort. If that same Officer sought out help from a councilor for their mental health they absolutely still have those fears.
The next level of the resiliency hierarchy is regular exercise. To maximize the benefits of exercise next, it is important to understand where we are now (you are here on the map).
How to we determine our baseline physical fitness / general physical preparedness? There are plenty of baseline pt tests you can find online. If you are reading this blog I imagine you are a martial artist, interested in personal protection, a force professional, or some combination of the above. You can click the link for tests relevant to the physical requirements / standards for those goals.
Now that we know where we are, we can start developing the foundation on which we will build our resiliency pyramid.
The next step is getting sufficient sleep.
This mortal form grows weary...
What is sufficient sleep? Throughout the TYR project we will discuss the idea of minimum effective dose.
- Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
- Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
Without this it is very easy for the other levels of the pyramid to feel overwhelming. Make time to do what is needed. Do what you can with the time you have. Change as circumstances and priorities change.
This is the foundation. This is the base level.
The world may knock you back to this level from time to time. But the stronger you have developed you resiliency (the further up the pyramid you have climbed ) the harder it will be to knock you down and the easier it will be to get back up
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” ~ Rocky Balboa
In the baseline portion we found out where we are. Continuing with the metaphor of a journey it is also hard to plot your course if you don't know where you want to go.
So...What are your goals? How do you plan to get there?
If you'd like some help figuring that out, you can click the link bellow for some goal setting / action plan work sheets.