Blog — resilience

Prioritizing Your Well-Being: Positivity

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Prioritizing Your Well-Being: Positivity

 Prioritizing Your Well-Being: Positivity By Estefania Lopez, M.S.           As part of my own personal development I have recently taken several steps to prioritizing my own well-being. Perhaps the most impactful decision I made was to stop tolerating negative people in my life. This type of decision – “focusing on the positive” –receives a lot of attention in social media and is widely promoted. Every day it seems I come across at least one “good vibes” or “positive energy” post. However, I believe many people don’t truly understand the power of eliminating negativity from one’s...

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Resilience of a First Generation Student: Five Lessons

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Resilience of a First Generation Student: Five Lessons

By Estefania Lopez, M.S. Candidate  First generation college students are often hardworking and adapt well to stress, but their well-being can suffer during the journey of adaptation. Learn and share five lessons from a first gen. I could talk endlessly about being a first-generation college student. While being a 'first gen' has shaped my identity and work, it has also been extremely difficult and intimidating. Through my own struggle with resilience, I have learned some lessons that I want to share. I hope these lessons not only resonate with first gen students but also with others as well.  Let’s start at my...

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Resilience 3.0: Guidance Toward a Next Generation of Work-Centric Initiatives

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Resilience 3.0: Guidance Toward a Next Generation of Work-Centric Initiatives

My View Point, A Disclaimer. Over the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have implemented resilience and healthy culture interventions in dozens of settings. Our programs have been acknowledged as effective by the U.S. Surgeon General and others. This includes training, and learning from, dozens of trainers who deliver our programs into work settings. Building resilience is an ongoing process. It requires sensitivity to the level of organizational readiness. To be clear, there are a plethora of burgeoning tools and guides: Stress management tools (from Wellness Councils of America) Guidance for Evidence-Based Mental Health Apps (PsyberGuide) Mental Health Tool kits...

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Common Humanity in the Workplace: Starting the Conversation

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Common Humanity in the Workplace: Starting the Conversation

By Faith Sanders, OWLS Staff. Regardless of where you work, your workplace can be a springboard for deepening the sense of common humanity in society-at-large. Are you practicing common humanity at work? Common Humanity is our understanding that many things connect us as a human race. Connection that transcends skin tone, geography, gender identity, values, religion, and socioeconomic status. In the workplace, the connection should also transcend job function, job level or management status, tenure or seniority, or anything else that may seemingly make us different. Embracing our common humanity – especially in the workplace – could help with many problems....

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Community: Heroes in Everyday Life

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Community: Heroes in Everyday Life

Community: Heroes in Everyday Life This article co-authored by OWLS staff (Brittany Linde and Gale Lucas)   Heroes stand up for others in their community. When a community member has an accident or gets into any other emergency situation, a hero rises to the occasion. Heroes have to overcome many factors that stand in the way of taking action in these situations. Beyond any fear to their own physical safely, there are many other psychological factors that can inhibit what psychologists term “bystander intervention.” First, if there is a crowd, or even just a couple of other bystanders, the hero...

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