We are all dealing with a lot of change and uncertainty, especially so with COVID-19 challenges. How we cope with these stressful challenges is, in part, up to us. By practicing to be more resilient, we take greater control of our challenges and we make our families more resilient, too.
1. Background and Overview
Brief presentation overview for adults of why we need to be resilient and how we can become resilient families. Resilience encourages development of positive-coping skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. We call these positive-coping skills because our intent is to take a personal challenge and create a more positive and less stressful outcome.
2. Learning to be Resilient
Family friendly exercises for learning and practicing resilience to help cope with stress. We might define stress as the body’s response to demands or pressures. There are protective factors to the extremes of stress. These protective factors are based on recommendations of the World Health Organization (Suicide, 2014) for suicide prevention. An entirely educational approach is used for learning resilience using the theme of the Hero's Journey. We work towards understanding the importance of teamwork through a social support system. So, like many sports, as we learn the game, we are also learning how to function as a team.
3. A STEM Approach to Resilience
The preceding 'Learning to be Resilient' should be explored before this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) exercise examining the Internet of Things (IoT). Technology has quickly and dramatically changed the way we work, socialize, and communicate. Can we also look to technology to enable us to better adapt to these rapid changes especially now that we are practicing social distancing to keep ourselves healthy? Because of its educational focus, these exercises use the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. If you do not have a Raspberry Pi computer available, you can still complete all of the exercises using either a Macintosh or Windows computer -- see how to install Node-RED below. These exercises have been tested down to middle school levels.
More on Persistence
A look at goal setting as a method for persisting with a challenge. Includes a brief literature review completed in the spring of 2016 that discusses history and process. More »
More on Strength
Health-related physical activity shows more desirable health outcomes across a variety of physical conditions. In general, exercise and physical activity are associated with better quality of life and health outcomes. A look at evidence-based diet and exercise plans in a literature review from spring, 2016. More »
A simple a web-based application that parallels the content of the five skill resilience quick reference, and further allows you to create your own resilience skills. The simple app permits exploration of a personal challenge using any of the skills. All data is stored locally on your computer or device.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN.org is a resource for the public, professionals, and others who care about children and are concerned about child traumatic stress. Link »
American Psychological Association (APA)
Brief resilience guide, for parents and teachers, with focus on children. Link »
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