Finding Meaning, Stability and Resilience

Have felt like you have a heavy heart lately?

Us too.

We are here to help each other weather this storm. The best way to get through this is by

supporting one another. 

 

Here are some ways to find meaning, stability, and resilience. 

Finding Meaning in Supporting 

Others

Taking the time to make someone else feel loved and cared for can give us a sense of purpose and meaning. Find out some ways you can make a difference.

Creating Stability in Your Life

Even when our life is changing and things are uncertain, there are little things we can do everyday to make us feel in control. 

Becoming Resilient

We know adapting to life during COVID-19 is hard, so we have gathered some information, tools and tips for helping you strengthen your resilience when times are tough.

 

Finding Meaning in Supporting Others 

 

11 Ideas to Support Our Neighbors

The website GreenPeace put together 11 ways we can be kind to support one another. Here are just a few of their ideas:

  • Share funny stories to friends who are self-isolating

  • Offer to be a shopper for someone who cannot (or should not) leave their home if you are healthy and able

  • Getting creative with your social-distancing greetings

Click here for more of GreanPeace's ideas!

Join the"Rainbow Search" Movement 

What it is: 

  • Neighborhoods around the country are filling their doors, windows, porches, driveways and lawns with rainbow art. 

The Goal: 

  • To cover the neighborhood with rainbows as a message of positivity and support.

  • Also, if the neighborhood is full of rainbows, looking for rainbows becomes a fun game to play when taking a walk! 

 

What to do: 

  • Make a rainbow to put on your door, hang out your windows, or put in your lawn. You can paint rocks, draw on paper, gather colorful bits of material, or use chalk to make rainbow drawings.

 

To see more about the Rainbow Search, check out this link for a story by abcNews. 

 

Creating Stability in Your Life 

 

"What Can We Do?"

Occupational Therapy Australia author Lorrae Mynard has created a resource that answers the question “What can we do?” during this time of disruption. This guide provides ideas for how to:

  • Actually be productive when working from home 

  • Take care of ourselves

  • Have fun and relax

  • Set up our home environment to help us separate our work space from our home space when working at home

  • Keep our typical routines and roles even when everything has changed 

 

Click here to see more ideas from Lorrae Mynard of how to create stability in your life.  

Finding Stability in Being Intentional  

University of California at Berkeley's Greater Good Magazine provides stories, tips and tools for how to take care of ourselves through doing acts of kindness for others, and being intentional in our self-care.  This website provides ideas for how to be intentional in the news, how to take charge of handling stress and anxiety, and how to be intentional in our social connections.

 

Click here to check out more ideas from the Greater Good Magazine of how to gain more control over what we do and how we do it. 

 

 Becoming Resilient

 

What does it mean to be resilient?

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) says that being resilient is "[adapting] well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress" (APA, 2020). 

  • Being resilient means the ability to bounce-back after a difficult experience, and in some cases, being resilient may also support personal growth (APA, 2020). 

Click here to learn more from the APA about what resiliency is, and isn't.

Here are some general tips for how to strengthen your resiliency: 

  • Build connections

  • Foster personal wellness

  • Find purpose

  • Embrace healthy thoughts

  • Seek help when you need it

To see the APA's resources about becoming resilient, click here.

Here are some tips for how to stay resilient:

Jelena Kecmanovic at the Washington Post gathered some tips that may help people stay emotionally resilient during tough times. Here are some of the tips:

  • Reinvent what self care means to you

  • Reframe your situation

  • Acknowledge that this time just really stinks

  • Create predictability 

 

To see Jelena Kecmanovic's full Washington Post article about staying emotionally resilient, click here. 

 

Do you have other ways you have found meaning, stability, or ideas for how to be resilient?

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The resources and information provided on this website do not take the place of seeking a healthcare professional's help, support, advice, or treatment. This website is a compilation of publicly available resources that may provide further education and exploration of a variety of wellness strategies. Please consult a healthcare professional before taking any action. 

 

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