Be a Survivor, Not a Victim

Develop a plan for building your resilience

As we have pointed out, duct tape, although an important part of a preparedness kit, is not enough. Building resilience long before it is required is something you should be thinking about and doing on a daily basis. It can certainly help you to lead a longer and healthier life. So as you develop and write your plan for building resilience, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How can I strengthen and build my connection to others? A support network is critical to adapting well to difficult times. What does your support network look like?
  2. How should I change my thinking? Can I become more optimistic? More into seeing things in my life as temporary, both good and bad, rather than permanent? More into seeing things that happen as having a specific effect on certain areas of my life rather than having a pervasive effect, good or bad, on my life in general? Less into playing the blame game, blaming myself or others for adverse events while remaining accountable?
  3. How can I improve my planning and decision-making skills? Do I need to work on being more decisive?
  4. How am I taking care of myself each day? Diet? Exercise? Financial health? Getting things done today rather than putting them off to tomorrow?
  5. What can I do to feel more confident and self-assured? Self-confidence is one of the best buffers against anxiety.
  6. How can I practice flexibility on a daily basis? Flexibility, being able to try in a different way, is a key element of resilience.
  7. What are my goals for the future?