Building Resilience, LLC

Building Resilience, LLC "Tragedy and adversity are a part of life. We can't avoid them, but we can seize the wheel and steer through them."
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"Try to avoid the three P’s: Personalization: the belief that whatever has gone wrong is your fault. Pervasiveness: thin...
05/18/2020
Resilience: 15 ways to weather life's challenges

"Try to avoid the three P’s: Personalization: the belief that whatever has gone wrong is your fault. Pervasiveness: thinking that when something goes wrong in one avenue of your life, everything else in your life is ruined, as well. Permanence: believing that bad times and negative feelings will never go away. “We need to remember that just because we may feel awful today, we won’t always feel awful. This is just a moment in time.”

Two Bay Area mental-wellness experts offer 15 ways to deal with stress, frustration and disappointment in everyday life — pandemic or not.

"The positive potentials of the crisis lie in the growing expressions of love and caring, the recognition of our interco...
05/13/2020
There is No Going Back to Normal

"The positive potentials of the crisis lie in the growing expressions of love and caring, the recognition of our interconnectedness, that are sprouting now all around the world; but also the recognition of the fragility of our systems, and the dawning realization that we need vitally to change them. The time to connect the dots between these dawning recognitions is now; that we need to rise above the blinders of our self-interests and express our love and connectedness at all levels – personal, local and global."

Things will not go back to normal, nor should we want it so…but which way do we want it to go? Friends have expressed concerns that once the pandemic is over and things return to normal, people will continue with business as usual and the lessons will not have been learned. But this is not an opti...

Fire Fighter Resilience During COVID-19 - IAFF
05/06/2020
Fire Fighter Resilience During COVID-19 - IAFF

Fire Fighter Resilience During COVID-19 - IAFF

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives. Exercise, good nutrition and stress management are all critical for fire fighters and emergency medical personnel to stay well and continue responding in their communities. Given the added stress during this time, we continu...

Cancer and Its Gift of Emotional Resilience
05/06/2020
Cancer and Its Gift of Emotional Resilience

Cancer and Its Gift of Emotional Resilience

Surviving cancer teaches us emotional resilience, making even a frightening pandemic something we can decide we can navigate.

Prevention: Stay real when building resiliency
05/06/2020
Prevention: Stay real when building resiliency

Prevention: Stay real when building resiliency

Parents can install confidence and competency in children by letting them make harmless mistakes and teaching them to be problem solvers without

'The good news is resilience can be taught'
04/26/2020
'The good news is resilience can be taught'

'The good news is resilience can be taught'

Natalie Baumgartner, Chief Workforce Scientist at Achievers, explains how teams can adapt during the ‘new normal’ of the pandemic

Thanks Steve!
04/20/2020

Thanks Steve!

I have always said that no matter how bad a situation seems, it is rare indeed that you cannot find some good that comes of it. We look around us and see examples of it every day now. Well, here is an example that even I was surprised by, and I am sure will warm the cockles of your heart. I know it did mine. Well, have a nice day our there, and continue to do things to keep yourself safe and healthy.

Pandemic Armchair Philosophy Blog 04-15-2020
04/19/2020
Pandemic Armchair Philosophy Blog 04-15-2020

Pandemic Armchair Philosophy Blog 04-15-2020

What better time to step back and consider alternatives, to review those hidden assumptions about success, happiness and work-life balance, and to do some of the deep thinking that philosophy is famously known and occasionally ridiculed[2] for?

Fear: Part Two
04/17/2020
Fear: Part Two

Fear: Part Two

Why the resilience skill of problem solving is now more important than ever.

04/12/2020
Brené Brown on Empathy

Brene Brown on Empathy.

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...

"So, here’s something you might not have heard of: post-traumatic growth. I promise I am not making this up just to chee...
04/10/2020
Post-trauma resilience a glimpse of light at end of tunnel

"So, here’s something you might not have heard of: post-traumatic growth. I promise I am not making this up just to cheer anybody up. But I hope it does cheer you up, because it’s real."

So, here’s something you might not have heard of: post-traumatic growth. I promise I am not making this up just to cheer anybody up. But I hope it does cheer you up, because it’s real. …

On our own: Forgotten household skills, revived for new use
04/10/2020
On our own: Forgotten household skills, revived for new use

On our own: Forgotten household skills, revived for new use

Mending clothes. Cutting hair. Fixing a squeaky door or a dripping faucet. Baking bread. A generation or two ago, household skills like these were common, learned at home and at school....

"Although you might feel helpless during this stressful time, following these strategies can help keep anxiety from beco...
04/08/2020
7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety

"Although you might feel helpless during this stressful time, following these strategies can help keep anxiety from becoming a problem in its own right and enable you to make it through the epidemic more effectively. "
#tolerateuncertainty #anxietyparadox #humanresilience

A psychologist explains how to get a grip on anxiety triggered by COVID-19.

"Having a loved one who is an essential worker is extremely stressful during this unprecedented pandemic. It’s completel...
04/07/2020
Resilience Tips for Loved Ones of Essential Workers During COVID-19

"Having a loved one who is an essential worker is extremely stressful during this unprecedented pandemic. It’s completely normal and understandable to have fears, concerns and relationship conflict during this challenging time. Here are some do’s and don’t to help you foster resilience in yourself and your relationship."
#essentialworkers #practicegratitude #bepresent #buildingresilience

Having a loved one who is an essential worker is extremely stressful during this unprecedented pandemic. It’s completely normal and understandable to have fears, concerns and relationship conflict during this challenging time. Here are some do’s...

Fear: Part One
04/05/2020
Fear: Part One

Fear: Part One

Living with so much uncertainty.

04/03/2020
"But social solidarity doesn’t just take place on a national scale. It’s the sum of countless gestures that keep communi...
04/02/2020
Alone Together, in Community Resilience

"But social solidarity doesn’t just take place on a national scale. It’s the sum of countless gestures that keep communities up and running, many of them small and homespun."

Portable pantries. Saucepan protests. Small-space dance routines. The best coronavirus community efforts use social distancing as an asset, not an obstacle.

Media Literacy: A Critical Need that Should be Taught in Schools
04/02/2020
Media Literacy: A Critical Need that Should be Taught in Schools

Media Literacy: A Critical Need that Should be Taught in Schools

Should media literacy be taught in schools? That is the question an article in the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter asks. It asks the question because media literacy is essential for navigating online media

04/01/2020
What the World Needs Now - for Virtual Orchestra

What the World Needs Now - for Virtual Orchestra

Just a little something to brighten your day. What started as an idea on my flight home from college ended in a collaboration with some of the most incredibl...

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Building Resilience was conceived in 2007 by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., as an offshoot of Maine Resilience, in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of the Skills & Attitudes of resilience among individuals and groups. With a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers, Building Resilience set out to build stronger, more resilient individuals and resilient communities, better equipped to face modern challenges.

Following many years of collective service, Building Resilience, L.L.C. was formed in August of 2017. We are a multicultural, multilingual group of five with broad backgrounds and a common interest; improving the human response to adversity. If we are to survive the adverse events of today’s world, we must all learn to be more resilient; to try a new way of coping with the challenges we face.

Our mission is to create, promote and distribute affordable tools to help build resilience for those in need, and today, that includes all of us.

· We believe that resilience is key to managing personal and global stressors.· We know that resilience can be learned.

· We create tools that support the acquisition of resilience Skills & Attitudes.

· We promote methods of building resilience that are readily available to all.

· We offer training on how we can learn resilience from one another.

We will create a variety of coaching/teaching tools, using a variety of modalities to be used flexibly to meet the needs of the populations being served. We commit to making our products accessible to all and to continually adapt as necessary to meet newly identified needs. In this way, we hope to maximize the number of individual, community and cultural, vocational and occupational needs we can meet through resilience training.

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Well-being and Resilience During COVID-19. Timely & helpful information on understanding how we react to stimulus & how to cope in a more mindful manner.
We witness a variety of behaviors surrounding the current crisis being driven by a virus that is wreaking havoc on our society. We find illustrations of people hunkering down (the majority), some going to work as their skills and service delivery is critical (medical, public safety, correctional facilities, electrical, distribution, and others), and the need for supplies that take people out to stores and other facilities. Others face "no choice" such as the homeless, who habitats mostly the large city environments. Other examples are also available. As the crisis continues, and it appears it will, behaviors will further erode, and some will endanger others. The reaction of others must also be considered, as exposure concerns and safety from a threatening encounter among the potential. That encounter, resulting in being infected, could kill the individual. Protecting from aggressive contact may also be deadly. The discussion has been missing from government officials and others, and it seems understanding and information would be of value. A good beginning is a discussion of what others understand and offer solutions. Are there alternatives, options, and precautions that can be taken? If so, what are they, for this educates, and in that process, allows prevention steps to be determined?
Providing training to groups on building resilience, is enhanced when special topic training decks are used to engage participants in discussion. The sit and listen training does not get to engaged individuals, the Building Resilience Game does just that. This leads to improved learning and application outcomes.