Information provided by Red River Resilience, 2011
Remember the 3 R’s of Resilience
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.