At last, we come to the final pillar of well-being in this stretched-out blog series: Endure. Arguably one of the most difficult items to conceptualize and conquer. Perhaps a more common word used is Resilience, meaning “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.” Much like a physical object having resiliency – being able to spring back into shape once compressed, stretched or bent. Mental toughness is another common phrase used.
Evidence in Motion has a podcast series that includes some clinical content for physical therapists and also some leadership content. Dr. Daphne Scott has released several podcasts regarding resiliency within the past couple of years. I would recommend giving these a listen if at all interested in knowing how you stack up in this category and what, if anything, you could be doing to improve your overall well-being.
Dr. Scott is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and a Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), certified Hendricks Coach, a founding member of the Conscious Leadership Group, and a member of the International Coaching Federation. She has studied with top-level executive coaches, consciousness experts, and organizational psychologists. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. Daphne is the Chief Culture Officer at Confluent Healthy and was previously the Director of Leadership Development at Athletico Physical Therapy.
Endure may be the least directly relevant pillar of well-being to the physical therapy practice of all the 5. Physical therapists’ main role would be to improve patients’ awareness of their level of ability to cope and their responses to circumstances surrounding them as identified throughout treatment or by observation throughout treatment. With awareness of poor resiliency, patients may feel prompted to explore some educational content, such as the podcasts previously mentioned, or seek counseling to identify areas of deficit and learn about constructive tools to make improvements, thereby improving their overall happiness!