Got resilience?

Friday, October 30, 2020

Life is a journey that does not come with a road map to allow individuals to plan and prepare for its twists and turns. Everyone experiences the curves of life from everyday challenges to events in life that cause more lasting effects.

Each life experience impacts individuals differently regarding feelings, thoughts and reactions. Resilience assists individuals in adapting to life changes over time.

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as, “The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.” (APA 2012)

The unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis has brought our community together while bringing new challenges to our daily lives. October is Resilience Month, and this year might look a bit different in staying connected, healthy and hopeful amidst COVID-19 restrictions.

Resilience will not shield you from experiencing challenges in life. However, resilience can give you the ability to work through these challenges, tools to handle stress and enjoy life. If you would benefit from more resilience in your life, review the four key concepts of resilience and build your Resilience Toolkit today.

• Get Connected: Engaging in healthy relationships with family and friends for unconditional love and belonging, volunteering or joining a recreational group or spiritual community.

• Foster Wellness: Healthy sleeping, eating, activity habits or mindfulness practices such as yoga, meditation or journaling.

• Hopeful Thinking: Accepting change and being proactive can assist with resistance and decreasing anxiety towards change.

• Make Every Day Meaningful: Write a daily gratitude list and identify and develop meaningful goals to work toward or to help others.

For other topics and information, Mental Health America of Putnam County has a newly updated website at, a portal to access timely information all dedicated to promoting community-wide mental health.

You can also contact our office through our website, email at or call 653-3310 for information about mental health in general, to volunteer and to support or connect with others.

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  • People can't help being depressed. This virus has taken away everything. The bad part is things seem to be getting worse. By this time, 8 months later, things should be basically in control and a vaccine created for this.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Sat, Oct 31, 2020, at 10:23 AM
  • Queen53--here you go again acting like a "know-it-all" concerning the virus. Maybe we need to send you to the White House so you can tell President Trump how to take care of things about the pandemic. And you must be a research scientist who has intimate knowledge of micro biology and chemistry to know all about vaccines.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Sun, Nov 1, 2020, at 11:10 AM
  • A vaccine will not fix all. We, as a society will take comfort but not a cure. Pneumonia is perfect example. Vaccine is 67% successful. We think it is fixed. Death rates would suggest otherwise. I do find it interesting we don't seem to care about this contagious killer. I imagine because we have a vaccine that provides us with psychological comfort. Plus, we equate the word with the flu.

    Mental stress, is no doubt, going to be an issue coming thru and out of COVID. That is and will become obvious. It is real and will be problematic.

    That being said, if all is well in 9 months, it will be a combination of things, including COVID running its course, medical advancements, etc. Oh, and the belief the vaccine is the magic cure.

    -- Posted by beg on Sun, Nov 1, 2020, at 4:04 PM
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