Being resilient requires mental and physical energy. In order to have the emotional energy to deal with the challenges that life throws your way, it is important to maintain healthy lifestyle practices for optimal functioning. Here are three areas to consider as you work to have a healthier, more resilient, lifestyle:

Regular physical activity is key to overall health and resilience. Regular exercise facilitates information processing and memory functions. Aim for a minimum of 150 minutes a week or 30 minutes most days of the week. It can be broken up into increments as well. Vanderbilt offers many options to help you stay physically active.

Vanderbilt Health Plus

Vanderbilt Recreation Center

Vanderbilt Dayani Center

Maintaining resilience relies on strong, healthy minds and bodies. What we eat fuels our bodies in order to respond to the demands that come our way, both physically and emotionally. The American Heart Association , American Dietetic Association, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend meal choices that control portions and focus on low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, low fat proteins, and whole grains.

Vanderbilt Health Plus

Video - Ready, Set, Eat

Video - Eat, Move, Feel


Sleep has been called the "third pillar" of health according to the Centers for Disease Control. Adults usually need between 7-9 hours of sleep to recharge mentally and physically for optimal energy and functioning. Research suggests that sleep is a favored time for many types of restoration and renewal. Specifically, sleep has been found to heavily influence the prefrontal cortex which is important for innovation, self-control and creativity.

Resource Article - Sleep

Resource Article - Fatigue

Wellcast - How to Say Goodnight to Insomnia

Wellcast - Trying to Get Some Sleep