25 Ways to Gain and Keep Stress Resilience

These are stressful times. Let’s be honest – we live in a stressful town. Stress is everywhere. One in six Americans takes an anti-anxiety drug. In fact, anti-anxiety medications rose by a whopping 34 percent since March – and the number is greater among women than men.

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So, how can you start to combat the dangerous effects of stress on your heart, brain, waistline, and your life? Start slowly. Add new strategies and habits over time, not all at once. And…

Choose new strategies wisely.

Make sure they are…

  • • simple,
  • • easy,
  • • repeatable,
  • • important to you, and
  • • small.

New habits need all four. Don’t make the 60-Day Challenge or Crash Diet or Cleanse mistake again. Make small changes for huge results.

I had a super-duper stressful life. And this was just a few years ago. I wasn’t sleeping. I was extra edgy. I let the little things get to me. I was a mess.

After I realized my stress was 100 percent created by me, I decided to do something about it. Once I began to understand I was a “victim” of my very own choices, how did I have the right to point fingers at anyone but me, myself, and I?

We create our own stress through our actions and thoughts. We make choices about how we will approach our every day. We are in control of our thoughts and over time, you too can overcome worry. It takes a conscious stress resilience practice, yet I know you can. I did!

Top 25 Ways You Can Begin Your Journey to Attack Your Stress




  1. Live authentically
  2. Get comfortable in the uncomfortable
  3. Make sleep your most important appointment of the day
  4. Walk daily
  5. Smile excessively
  6. Exercise daily
  7. Live with an abundant mentality
  8. Eat for stress tolerance
  9. Practice conscious breathing
  10. Give compliments to others
  11. Give up social media
  12. Reduce your alcohol intake
  13. Practice gratitude
  14. Learn to love silence
  15. Avoid the news
  16. Reduce blue light
  17. Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people
  18. Give up gossip
  19. Don’t sweat the small stuff
  20. Realize you create your stress
  21. Listen empathically
  22. Take in all five senses
  23. Get on the floor
  24. Get your sleep
  25. Practice gratitude




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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

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215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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