10. Wellness and Resilience Strategies: Strength


In the compass model the four sectors, Mind, Spirit, Strength and Heart, not only contribute to your overall wellness, but also provide guidance on strategies to help build your compassion resilience. Strength is one of the sectors. Strength encompasses stress resilience and care for the body. Stress resilience allows us to maintain a non-anxious presence as we encounter the inevitable stressors of our job. Developing our ability to care for our bodies and listen to the signs that our bodies give us supports our whole health and minimizes any unhealthy responses to stress. Becoming stress resilient and caring for our bodies often require assistance from others. Help seeking is a key skill for both of the areas in the strength section of the Wellness Compass.


Staff & Leadership Combined Activities 

Listening and Responding to Your Body’s Stress Alarm (10-15 min)

Writing and Sharing Staff Resilience Stories (30-60 min)
Ask staff to write a short story about an obstacle they faced and overcame. Have them submit the stories anonymously and share them randomly with other staff. The next day, lead a community-building circle to talk about what staff heard in the stories and what it meant to them.

Identifying Nourishing vs. Depleting Activities (15-30min)

Choose Nourishing vs. Depleting! – Use this Visual and Display in Staff Break Areas

Care for Body – Develop Your Plan (10-15 min)

Staff Circle Agenda


Additional Resources

This article discusses the stages of change applied to emotional resilience. The website offers many brief articles on topics included in this toolkit.

Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk on How to Make Stress Your Friend explores a perspective shift on stress.