FirstLink: Tips For Resilience

Information provided by Red River Resilience, 2011

Remember the 3 R’s of Resilience

Rest

  • Take breaks. Even a few minutes of rest can make a difference in how well you function.
  • Make time for relaxing activities with friends and family.
  • Remember that taking care of yourself gives you the energy necessary to take care of others.

Routine

  • Being in a routine is comforing to mind and body, and is especially helpful for children.
  • Even with changing circumstances, maintaining a schedule for meals and sleep is important.
  • Have a soothing bedtime routine. Avoid exposure to upsetting information before going to sleep.

Relationships

  • Talk about your feelings. Others probably experience the same feelings.
  • Help others in your community. Ask your friends and neighbors how they are doing.
  • Be tolerant of irritability, poor concentration, and other common reactions to stress.
  • Maintain a friendly attitude – a smile can go a long way to brighten someone’s day.

When and Where Can I Go for Help?

Seek Help When:

  • Symptoms are highly debilitating or life-threatening (persistent hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, disorientation, extreme emotional reactions, self-neglect).
  • Symptoms worsen over time, or persist at a high level for over a month.
  • Other life circumstances intensify stress (loss of a loved one, divorce, financial crisis).

Phone Resources:

  • Call 2-1-1 for flood-related information, supportive listening, referral or crisis management services.
  • Call your local Red Cross chapter for emotional support and other disaster services.
  • Contact your own faith community clergy/support staff for guidance.

Online Resources: