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.


Key Activity

Listening and Responding to Stress in Your Body (10-15 min)

Wellness Practice

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

Circle Agenda

Staff Circle Agenda, Section Ten

Core Content Visual 

Choose Nourishing vs. Depleting! – Use this Visual and Display in Staff Break Areas
Posting this visual in common staff areas will serve as a reminder of content covered to staff and perhaps serve as a future conversation started for deeper reflection among staff members. 

Supplementary Activities/Handouts

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

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

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The documents included are numbered individually, not as one document. 


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.