We are living in truly unprecedented times. As we all work to navigate our way through a new normal, it can feel like we don’t have a lot of control. The American Psychological Association has identified evidence-based ways to navigate challenging times:
Top 10 Ways to Build Resilience:
- Make Connections
- Avoid seeing crisis as insurmountable problems
- Accept that change is a part of living
- Move towards your goals
- Take Decisive Actions
- Look for Opportunities for Self-Discovery
- Nurture a Positive View of Yourself
- Keep things in perspective
- Maintain a Hopeful Outlook
- Take Care of Yourself
Employee Assistance Program, Family Services, and UI Wellness staff have distilled these key points into short videos. We encourage you to view these individually or share and discuss at departmental meetings.
- Work, Life and Well-Being (4:12)
- Self-Care During Your Busy Day (3:17)
- Emotional Well-Being (4:09)
- Adaptability (2:39)
- Personal Sustainability (4:21)
- Building Resilience at UIowa (3:49)
- Happiness (3:01)
- Emotional Awareness: Honoring Your Emotions (3:05)
- Coping, Problem-Solving and Communication (5:03)
- What is Self-Care? (3:48)
- Tips for Dealing with Conflict (2:44)
- Emotional Intelligence and Resilience (3:04)
- The Power of Positive Self-Talk (3:03)
- Purpose of Purpose (3:57)
- The Resilient Leader (3:56)
Research and Resources
- American Heart Association Resilience in the Workplace (pdf)
- American Psychological Association Resilience Help Center
- Request on-site skill building seminars for work groups: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Seek support and assistance from an EAP counselor
- Work with a health coach.
- Participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs.
- Enroll in a self-care program for caregivers.
- Seek assistance from the Office of the Ombudsperson.
- Participate in focused training opportunities through Learning and Development.
- Learn more about resources to help with communication at the Conflict Management at Iowa website.