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The exposome: the cumulative measure of environmental exposures and corresponding biological responses that can be derived from biological samples (blood, urine, tissue).
The debate of nature versus nurture was put to rest by introducing the exposome concept . The exposome definition considers environmental factors (nurture) and the associated biological responses (nature).
All of us are faced with challenging life experiences and elements of mental adversity, from both internal and external sources. The research literature is filled with examples of children and adults who, in the face of considerable psychological stress, displayed minimal changes in emotional wellbeing or behavioral disturbances . There are, of course, many more that have not been so lucky.
Our ability to deal with these stresses is called ‘stress resilience’ and is rooted in our view of the world, the availability and quality of social resources, and specific coping strategies that we might employ. According to the American Psychological Association, resources and skills associated with more beneficial outcomes (i.e., greater stress resilience) can be actively cultivated and practiced.
In today’s article, we will investigate eight essential methods to improve stress resilience according to the latest research. And at least one might surprise you.