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Resilience  |  Health and Wellbeing

Increasingly, we understand more about the impact of self care habits on the ability of humanitarians to manage and cope with stress over time. The good that you do now – physically, nutritionally, emotionally – has a profound impact on how your brain adapts and manages future stressors. Research also highlights fascinating ways that building resilience in one area (e.g. physical stamina) spills over into other areas strongly connected with personal thriving. The resources in this section underscore the importance of resilience as an active process involving the daily choices and priorities needed to sustain a lengthy career.

Health and Wellbeing
Read about our online Stress & Resilience Course
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7 Commitments for Lifestyle Balance

In this infographic Dr. Lisa Finaly summarizes multiple references delivering a convenient research based compact resource.

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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Your Next Deployment
Self-care and Lifestyle Balance Inventory (Self-test)

This self-care and lifestyle balance assessment tool will help you evaluate different areas of your life related to self-care.

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Resilience Is A Discipline

Dr. Don Bosch discusses key suggestions to improving your resilience, based on the convergence of various fields of research.

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How to Get Good Sleep in a Disaster Response Context

In this video from Dr. Rick Williamson, he gives some helpful tips on how to approach sleep, including some suggestions for when you’re in disaster response mode. Good sleep is just one part of your self-care, but respecting your sleep will help keep you refreshed and rejuvenated in the course of your important work.

Optimizing Your Self-Care Based On Your Coping Style

You can practice even better self-care if you know what coping style you have. Aid workers respond to stress and critical incidents in different ways. Dr. Rick Williamson describes 3 coping styles that aid workers typically have: the avoidant style, ruminative style, and hypervigilant style. Watch this video for a deeper look into each style and find out specific ways your style can help you recover and recharge more effectively.

Understanding Allostatic Load

In this video, Dr. Don Bosch explains Allostasis and how chronic stress can lead to Allostatic Load. This video provides insights to recognizing Allostatic Load and the key resilience behaviors that help us restore stability in the midst of change, whether you're in the office or on the field.

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