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Resilience starts by reaching out.
Resilience—the ability to bounce back from life’s stresses—can uncover the power to overcome hurtful experiences. Just one positive relationship can go a long way toward building resilience—a friend or family member, a neighbor, or a trusted medical professional.
How to build
Resilience may not be something we are born with, but it is something everyone can learn and grow.
Research shows that resilience-building activities can help reduce the risk of later health consequences.
Build healthy relationships
Healthy relationships with people who have similar interests or experiences as you is a huge benefit to your health.
Organizations like Oxford County Wellness Collaborative, SeniorsPlus, and River Valley Health Community Coalition, offer classes, programs, and resources that allow for connection with the greater community.
Self-care is vital for building resilience toward those stressors in life that you can’t eliminate. When you’ve taken steps to care for your mind and body, you’ll be better equipped to live your best life.
Here are some local resources to access free support for the body and mind:
• Make an appointment to see a primary care provider
• Connect with resources (housing, food, finances, transit ect) that will support you using your zip code in the Find Help resource
Spend time in nature
Being in nature provides a boost to our health–physically, mentally and emotionally. There are lots of great places to get outside locally.
Western Foothills Land Trust provides public access to trails and lands at their preserves across the Oxford Hills area.
Looking for more trails, or for trails in a different part of maine? Maine Trail Finder is packed with great info.
Here are some resilience-building programs for kids—some are outdoors!
Spend time helping others
Volunteering is a great way to stay connected with your community while contributing positively. It builds internal and external resilience and generally just feels great!
Here are a few links to great regional and virtual volunteer opportunities:
Consider volunteering with local libraries, nonprofits, land trusts, schools, sports programs, hospitals, food pantries and/or through faith organizations.
People throughout our community want to help.
We don’t have to feel ashamed for hurting from things that we didn’t choose—like childhood experiences.
Shame and fear can get in the way of talking about the things that have hurt us. However, talking can be an important part of moving past hurts.
If you, your child, or your household needs help to heal and thrive, please reach out.
Want to be connected to others who are working to support resilience? Check out these organizations:
Maine Resilience Building Network connects people across the state who are working to improve understanding of ACEs and the importance of resilience. They provide regular learning and networking events, insightful reports, and a fantastic biannual conference.
What are ACEs?
The hurtful things that happen to us when we’re young can have lasting impacts on our health and wellbeing. The more hurts we experience, the greater the impact may be.
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