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Build Resilience

I would like to start the new year with a short discussion about building resilience, and how it relates to being prepared. I found a great article on the American Psychological Association website about resilience, found here; apa.org/topics/resilience. To quote directly from the article; Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. Being resilient is a trait that can be developed, but it takes intentional effort. The article focuses on four areas; connection, wellness, healthy thinking, and meaning. Connection: Build personal connections by finding a group with similar interests. Having friends is good for our mental health. People connected to a group feel less isolated, and are more likely to have a support group in an emergency. Wellness: To foster wellness means not only maintaining your physical health, but your mental health, and avoiding negative influences. Spend less time on social media or watching news that is upsetting. Being in the best physical condition you can be will help you weather stressful emergency situations, and recover quicker. Meaning: Finding a purpose can include helping others, setting and achieving small goals, and improving ourselves. Most of us have spent our lives taking care of others in some capacity. Preparing for emergencies is an extension of caring for others. Healthy thoughts: We can embrace healthy thoughts, stay positive and foster a positive outlook. By intentionally preparing ourselves for change, we will be better prepared for uncertainty, which is sure to come. We will all experience stressful events in our lives, and the better prepared we are, the better we will be able to handle problems successfully and bounce back better than before. Have a happy new year everyone!

Ward Symes

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