Basics of Emotional Survival
Many things contribute to our resilience in the face of high stress or difficult personal and professional situations. It may look a little different for everyone, but in addition to smart physical and mental wellness routines, there are steps that we can take to reduce our stress to increase our emotional survival abilities:
- Look for opportunities for growth: Many people who have experienced high stress report having grown from their experience with hardship and report better relationships, a greater sense of personal strength, even while feeling vulnerable, increased sense of self-worth, a more developed spirituality, and heightened appreciation for their life.
- Nurture a positive view of one’s self: Develop confidence in your ability to solve problems and trust your instincts.
- Take note of any skills, techniques or activities that can or do contribute to you feelings better.
- Try to keep from seeing stressors as a build up of insurmountable problems: You can’t change the fact that events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to them.
- Keep things in perspective: Consider the stressful situation in a larger context. Maintain a long-term perspective, consider how future circumstances may be better.
Accept that change is part of living: Certain goals may no longer make sense, so don't be afraid to set new goals.
- Develop realistic goals. Focusing on unrealistic goals only adds to the stress. Ask, “What is something I know I can accomplish this week that helps me towards that goal?”
- Taking decisive actions that can empower you. Act on adverse situations as much as you can. Avoiding them will only make things worse.
- Make connections: good relationships with others are important, especially after stressful events.
- Accept help and support from those who care about you.
- Being active in civic groups, community organizations and local groups provides social support and can help reconnect you to hope.
Plan for time each week where you take a moment and check in with yourself, how you are feeling, what you are thinking and what you will need going forward to maintain.
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Information adapted from multiple sources focused on supporting first repsonders.