Maintaining Resilience During COVID


Research on resilience finds that those who thrive in situations that might defeat others, have somehow figured out how to mobilize their supports and make use of them. They have a sense of reality and acceptance about their circumstances but they are proactive in taking steps to make things better. We can see some of the social movements of late, like Black Lives Matter or the massive voting turn out, as proactive attempts to make things better, to counter feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and take positive actions on one’s own and others’ behalf. “Resilience depends on supportive, responsive relation-ships and mastering a set of capabilities that can help us respond and adapt to adversity in healthy ways,” says Jack Shonkoff, MD, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard. “It’s those capacities and relationships that can turn toxic stress into tolerable stress.”

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