Resiliency is the strongest attribute we can develop and possess that will help us to be successful during the social distancing and quarantine during COVID-19. Resiliency allows us to feel a sense of capability and strength during difficult times. Resiliency protects us from vulnerability, and vulnerability can make the process of managing this pandemic much more difficult.

Dr Bruce Perry studies stress and resilience and recently put out an education on the Neurosequential Network on how to maintain resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. His suggestions are below, with suggestions added in brackets:

Have daily structure (daily routine like bathing, getting dressed, movement)

Eat with others (even if over video or phone)

Limit media exposure to what is happening in the world

Exercise regularly (stretching, yoga, walking, home workouts)

Reach out to others (call, write letters, video call, send photos, etc)

Help others (get their groceries for them, or mow their lawn, say hello from a distance)

Engage in sleep hygiene (regular sleep pattern and ways to develop good sleep)

Have a positive, future focused view of the world, others and yourself (this is not forever, things will be different)

Have connectedness:

Conduct meaningful work in your days (do anything that has meaning for you)

Secure income (apply for EI or emergency funding, work from home, organize finances)

Secure housing (talk with the bank or your landlord if you need financial help to keep your housing secured if you are struggling with financial changes at this time)

Keep cultural connections (watch meetings online, continue with cultural practices)

Mainstream culture & ethnicity (stay connected with your community as you are able)

Safe and stable family (take breaks from each other, breathe when feeling emotions rising)

Safe and stable community (join local activities such as making masks of medical staff, cheer at 7pm, put hearts on your windows for others to see)

An important way to build and keep resilience is to develop a lifestyle that can be predictable, moderate and controllable to manage the impact of stress from the world.

If you are struggling with gaining or maintaining any of these aspects, please reach out to others who may be able to assist you, or feel free to connect with me on my ‘Contact Me’ page for support.

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