he Resilience Toolbox is one way teams can build resilience together. This growing list of resources includes step-by-step instructions for leading well-being activities, as well as visual reminders to help decompress at the end of a long shift.
How to use the Toolbox
The Resilience Toolbox includes links to step-by-step instructions for leading well-being activities with your team.
- Click: on a topic below and try it out with your team
- Customize: If it helps, think of the tools like a recipe; we’ve provided the ingredients, you can pick the activity that best suits your team needs.
- Contact us: We know this is harder than it looks. We are here to help answer questions, facilitate a practice with your team, or shadow and give feedback as you lead (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This quick self-assessment shares action items for self- and team-care. Remember, it’s okay to be at any stage of the continuum. This is about self-awareness, getting needs met, preventing symptoms from worsening and engaging in practical ways to bounce back.
Using prompts to check-in during meetings, team huddles, hand-offs, etc. is a simple way to help each other reconnect to purpose, be more present and focused, connect to each other, and be more engaged at work. Checking-in also creates time and space to process events and experiences in a helpful, adaptive way.
Feeling Stressed? Try the STOP practice right now. This simple breathing practice can help quickly calm your nerves.
S — Stop and pause
T — Take a deep breath
O — Observe your body, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and physical sensations
P — Proceed with more awareness of your needs
This tool is designed for self-assessment of your group over time. It may help in setting priorities and monitoring progress over time. Feel free to add items to the list that are important to your group.
Self-compassion increases well-being and resilience to stress and trauma. It has also been linked to healthier behaviors, greater motivation, confidence, and sense of personal responsibility. It improves our supportive relationship behaviors. In short, practicing self-compassion is essential for health care teams.
Research on collective trauma indicates that storytelling is helpful for our well-being. It can stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system—our recovery system—helping to bring more order to our memories, and activating neurotransmitters and hormones that allow us to feel more connected.
Three Good Things is a quick and simple prescription for reducing burnout and increasing well-being. This exercise trains our brains to see and savor the good that’s always around us, even during difficult times. We can practice this approach by asking ourselves these two questions every day:
What 3 things went well today?
How did these things occur? Or: How did I contribute to them?
Deliberately pausing after a crisis fosters posttraumatic growth—feeling stronger on the other side of a crisis. It’s also preventative as it reduces negative influence of future psychological trauma and builds a more resilient work force. It gives teams a chance to recognize and normalize their experiences and encourages a culture of well-being within the workplace.