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Mental Health Awareness – Building Resiliency

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May 22, 2023
Brandi Silver

This is Brandi Silver, FCS agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. Our program today will focus on building resiliency.

The ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity is a learned trait and takes practice. Being resilience is paramount to the ability to spring back, overcome disruptive life changes and positively function in an ever changing world.

Negative emotions narrow a person’s range of thoughts and limit choices, making them unable to see a path forward but experiencing positive emotions each day enhances your problem solving ability and increases resilience. By practicing healthy habits daily you can develop the confidence to know that you can handle whatever the future may bring.

Accentuate the positive, wake up each day and think about or journal all of the things you have to be grateful for. Research shows consciously practicing gratitude reduces stress and anxiety. Work on building and fostering healthy relationships, which will be a natural support system when life throws you a curveball. Learn to express your feelings in a healthy way and take the time to do something you enjoy. Practice being able to rest, recover and develop good energy. Learn to laugh, play and allow yourself to feel happy.

Awareness is a great step forward to making big changes. You can be a voice for so many that struggle with mental health. Help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by opening up conversations within your support system and please reach out if you have questions or need resources.

This has been Brandi Silver with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. For more information, contact us 764-9480.