Would you like to learn how to cultivate resilience in yourself and in your kids? According to Resilience expert, Dr. Deborah Gilboa -aka “Dr. G” – we have been told to “avoid stress” so much that experiencing stress feels like its own failure. In this interview you’ll learn tactical steps to build resilience.

Dr. G works with organizations, and businesses to identify the mindset and strategies to transform stress into a tool that builds mental health. Dr. G is a leading media personality seen regularly on TODAY, Good Morning America and is a co-host and the Resilience Expert for The Doctors, and has delivered two TEDx talks. She is also featured frequently in the Washington Post and The New York Times, in Forbes Magazine, Consumer Reports and countless other digital and print outlets. Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician. In addition to being a graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine (where she is also a professor) and Carnegie Mellon University, she is an alumna of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, the heart of which she brings to each conversation. Tune in now and access the show notes at thegoodlifecoach.com/138.

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  1. What is resilience and why it is important.
  2. There are 8 resilience skillsets and 8 attributes. Only one of these can’t be learned and that is your past experiences.
  3. We rate our wellbeing by resilience which is why Dr. G wanted to dive into this topic more and teach others how to develop it.
  4. How to cultivate resilience in our kids and in ourselves.
  5. Stress is the new smoking but being told not to stress wasn’t helpful to Dr. G.  That’s why she realized all stress isn’t bad. She discusses how to use it to build resilience and how to watch out for warning signs when the stress is becoming too much.
  6. She teaches us what stress is and isn’t based on her years of research.
  7. “Stress is a tool not a toxin.”  We need to learn how to navigate the stress.
  8. Why you need to know the difference between a red flag vs a yellow flag.  

How to create resiliency:

  1. Set boundaries – say yes to the people that need you and recognize that you are one of the people that needs you.
  2. Learn how to manage discomfort.
  3. The importance of developing wider and deeper connections.  
  4. Build it with curiosity- ask someone “What’s the most interesting thing about you that would surprise me?
  5. Offer someone kindness — share a resource, compliment, or gratitude.
  6. The more connections we have at our disposal, the less we feel we have to do it all alone.


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