PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
Life for service members and their families can feel like a whirlwind at times. Hectic work schedules, deployments, temporary duty assignments, permanent change of stations, maintaining a work/life balance and upholding the standards of the Armed Forces are just a few of the things placed upon military members and their family’s shoulders. Though some of these things have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these life stressors still present themselves to us daily. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we remain resilient.
“The focus of resilience is to thrive socially, mentally, spiritually and physically; and deal effectively with stress and adversity,” said Lorie Woodcock, the 45th Space Wing’s Community Support Coordinator. “Research tells us that those who make resilience practice a part of their life are better able to navigate change, communicate with others, and operate under pressure. This not only means performance at our military mission, but also our performance as a spouse, parent, co-worker, friend or family member.”
Much of the world is operating under strict conditions in order to flatten the curve, leaving large amounts of individuals working or isolating in their homes. For some, it may have been months since they were able to visit their loved ones, their children were able to go to school, or their spouses were able to work. All these recent changes require an incredible grasp of resilience to work through – and Team Patrick-Cape has just the right people to help with that.
“We have a talented team of 87 individuals who have completed a formal Resiliency Facilitator Training Program,” said Woodcock. “This team of Active Duty, Department of Defense Civilians, Air Force Reservists, and DoD Family Members can be called upon to share their expertise to our community through classes, small group discussions, one-on-one, or virtually during this time.”
Some might think of resilience as the act of “bouncing back;” when in reality, it is the act of “bouncing forward”. For some, everyday life stressors have been heightened with the introduction of COVID-19. Though resilience skills will not take that stress away; they can help deal with stress in a healthy way and help us take care of ourselves and our relationships.