News Category: Resilience

How to Live in Limbo: Three Strategies for Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

Oct. 15, 2020

The pandemic has brought untold uncertainty and discomfort, but recognizing "that this is not the permanent future is necessary to fight feelings like 'this will never end,' " says social worker Alexandra Finkel. Here are three strategies for how we might accept living in a constant state of in-betweenness, in order to better manage how scary this state can be.

Parental Self-Care During a Pandemic

Sept. 3, 2020

Self-care when you’re caring for little ones can be hard. This article includes ways to incorporate self-care as many parents are juggling multiple roles and responsibilities in a household.

Phases of a pandemic and how leaders can tailor the support of their staff through each phase

Aug. 4, 2020

Consider the implications for leadership if we think of the pandemic having three different phases; the shelter-in-place phase, the re-opening phase, and the post Covid-19 phase. This article offers suggestions for how leaders can shift their focus for each of these phases to best meet the potential needs of their staff.


How leaders can build resiliency for their staff during the pandemic

July 30, 2020

Leaders at UT are looking for ways to support their staff as the effects of the pandemic continue to build.  Health care professionals look to lessons learned from past crises.  This article offers practical steps all leaders can consider implementing to foster a more resilient work culture and reduce the risk of long term psychological difficulties.

Find out how having hope can help you function better and stay motivated

July 7, 2020

Hope is an active process that we can engage in. This article shares information and research on how hope increases functioning such as motivation and goal attainment, while moderating the effects of health issues like chronic anxiety. There are also exercises and worksheets for increasing hope in your life.


June 9, 2020

Engaging with hope is an active process. To cultivate hope, we need to be able to imagine pathways to the future that we want, and the concept of “nexting” is part of this imagining the future. Nexting is the ability to look at what is next or when something will happen again. For example, we think of the next time we will see friends, when our next dental appointment occurs, when the next Marvel Universe movie is coming out. Kids as young as 3 can do some nexting in that we can say to the child, “Next, we are going to brush your teeth…next, we are going to get in bed and read a story.”

Identifying Signs of Burnout

June 2, 2020

The third video in a series for front line healthcare workers identifies some of the signs of burnout, when the overwhelm and exhaustion of the pandemic may be rising above our current capacity. The video begins the dialogue of where and how one might begin to bring new options for coping and support.



How to Build Resilience as a Healthcare Worker

May 28, 2020

This second video in a series of three, offers ideas for health care workers looking to build their resilience and bring additional supports onboard as they continue to care for patients during the pandemic:

A Soft Reminder about Current Emotions

May 7, 2020

These are unprecedented times and of course it is feeling overwhelming. A therapist in the Bay Area, Lisa Olivera, LMFT, offers a soft reminder for us to consider —

“We (all of us) are currently going through a collective traumatic experience.

Trauma is often thought of as “too much, too fast”… which is exactly what’s happening.

Of course you’re exhausted.

Of course you’re afraid.

Of course you’re overwhelmed.

Of course you’re clinging to certainty in the midst of so much unknown.

The Importance of Sleep on Your Health

April 30, 2020

Sleep is a pillar of health. Getting enough sleep keeps your immune system strong. It is also crucial for helping you mentally cope during uncertain times. That said, it is completely natural to experience more disturbed sleep during stressful periods (such as the current pandemic) - including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than you are used to in the morning. You may also find yourself feeling more fatigued than usual.