Finding Meaning, Stability and Resilience
Have felt like you have a heavy heart lately?
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Foster personal wellness
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
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?
Please comment below to share your ideas with our community!