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Midwest Winters: A Time to Embrace R&R

Content Adapted from How to Bend, But Not Break – 7 Traits of Resilient People by: Pantea Vahidi, RN, Corporate Wellness Advisor

Blog Post by: Emily Ramelb, Communications & Development Manager, City Sprouts

ID: Scenic winter photo with frosted trees, a distant sunset, and the words "mental health matters" in the clouds.

Winter is among us and, for some, the season could be filled with hot cocoa, surrounded by dormant plants, and cozy with people they love. For others darker, colder days can be daunting. Throughout these midwest winter months, it is important for all of us to slow down and take time to rest and relax.

What brings you joy? How often do you take time to rest? What do you do to promote and practice self care? These are all questions to consider as we explore the seven traits of resilient people, as written by Ms. Pantea Vahidi.

  1. Resilient People Accept the Baseline. What is your normal? Your current situation and "normal" is different than everyone. Determine your baseline.

  2. Resilient People are Flexible. Being willing to change plans and pivot is crucial to being resilient. Change can be frustrating, and the ability to adapt is necessary to avoid burnout.

  3. Resilient People are Willing to Learn. When challenges strike, we need new skills and knowledge to cope with and overcome adversities. Resilient people are open to learning about the topic they are facing and, in turn, can make better decisions.

  4. Resilient People Seek Solutions. Resilient people are quick to look for ways to resolve or improve a situation. They do not expend their energy in reciting why the problem is difficult or unfair. They channel that energy into finding solutions.

  5. Resilient People are Resourceful. How well can you perform in less-than-ideal situations? Resourceful people will make do with what is available and use their accessible resources to the best of their ability.

  6. Resilient People are Creative. When faced with trials and turbulences, we need to think outside the box and come up with new ways to overcome adversities. Resilient people tap into their creativity to adjust and adapt.

  7. Resilient People Set Realistic Expectations. Setting unrealistic expectations can lead to inevitable disappointment with oneself. Having realistic expectations is a good practice in preparedness

After spending time reflecting on this information, complete the following checklist.

  • Channel your inner balance and calm.

  • Determine your personal baseline.

  • Set three realistic expectations and/or goals for yourself this spring.

  • Use your resourcefulness to practice creative problem solving.


How do you practice self care and setting realistic expectations?


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