Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild

For three weeks the daily sunshine and the southern location of my Las Vegas Christmas vacation helped alleviate all my SAD symptoms (seasonal affective disorder) so my mental health felt fantastic! As part of my coping strategies, I did long walks in the sunshine while doing my best to position my eyes to feel the sunlight. This action was for aiding my circadian rhythm, or body clock, which gets disrupted by the shorter days of Fall and Winter (see infographic). The disruption is similar to jet lag symptoms.

One day I made it my goal to walk 3 miles and then 3 miles back. Using my goal achieving techniques I visualized the intersection I wanted as my destination (plus a photo of a map on my iPhone) and headed out into the morning light.

Getting there was easy but returning proved to be a challenge as my feet were aching and it was uphill. To keep me motivated I just remembered movie heroes from true stories where they persevered much further such as Cheryl Strayed in the biopic Wild. Then my resilience was re-energized and I achieved my goal despite the physical pain I was feeling!

Wild (2014)

The biographical drama film, Wild, is about a woman named Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) seeking catharsis and change from her troubled life by hiking more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Her journey becomes a powerful method of healing and meditation following her divorce, death of her mother and years of reckless, destructive behavior. Witherspoon’s physical and mental performance was fantastic! See: movie trailer

What inspired me most was Cheryl’s perseverance in achieving her goal and reach her destination. Despite battling the harsh elements of desert sun, rocky terrain, snow and even losing her boots she maintained a positive mindset. She was able to manage the negative thoughts in her head wanting her to quit. Ultimately she developed personal leadership qualities of a resilient mindset.

Inspiring Themes:
• Personal Leadership
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Team Spirit/Community
• Vision/Goal Achieving
• Healing & Redemption
• Courage

Learning to build a resilient mindset and good mental health is a journey in itself so make it a point to find movie heroes and real-life heroes to inspire your own potential and inner strength. Whether your goals are workplace related or for overcoming challenges in life always believe that you have the mental strength to overcome any adversity with shining success! Believe and keep moving forward!

Related Tips on Resilience:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Mental Health - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates 
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game 
Tip#833: Resilience Resources, Part 13 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tip#834: Resilience Resources, Part 14 - Top 10 Movies for Inspiring Resilience in the Workplace
Tip#857: Resilience Resources, Part 15 - Instagram - Pitch Perfect 2
Tip#873: Resilience Resources, Part 16 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Tip#881: Resilience Resources, Part 17 - Love & Mercy
Tip#892: Resilience Resources, Part 18 – Problem Solving - The Martian 
Tip#896: Resilience Resources, Part 19 - Depression – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#910: Resilience Resources, Part 20 – Depression – A Christmas Carol – It’s a Wonderful Life 


Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
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1 comment:

Dan O. said...

Good review Emmanuel. Witherspoon is terrific here and shows us sides to her acting that we haven't quite seen before. And for that, I was especially grateful.