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Resiliency In Our Community

To foster resilience in the Columbia River Gorge MARC Community, The Resilience Network of the Gorge (Resilience Network) has pulled together common language on resilience. The goal is to have an environment where organizations and individuals can choose, from a list of trusted resources, the language they use to communicate about resilience.

The Center for the Developing Child from Harvard University gives an overview of resilience in this quick 2-minute video.

The Resilience Network defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress; it means using internal and external resources to make decisions that enhance a person’s, social, and environmental wellbeing.

The American Psychological Association lists five key factors in resilience:

  1. Primary factor in resilience is having caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family.
  2. Capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out.
  3. A positive view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
  4. Skills in communication and problem solving.
  5. The capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses.

The following is a list of information taken directly from the American Psychological Association on 10 ways to build resilience.  Click on any of the hyperlinks on this page to learn more directly from the American Psychological Association.

10 ways to build resilience

Make connections: Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations, or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need also can benefit the helper.

Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems: You can't change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better. Note any subtle ways in which you might already feel somewhat better as you deal with difficult situations.

Accept that change is a part of living: Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.

Move towards your goals: Develop some realistic goals. Do something regularly — even if it seems like a small accomplishment — that enables you to move toward your goals. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself, "What's one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?"

Take decisive actions: Act on adverse situations as much as you can. Take decisive actions, rather than detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away.

Look for opportunities for self-discovery: People often learn something about themselves and may find that they have grown in some respect as a result of their struggle with loss. Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship have reported better relationships, greater sense of strength even while feeling vulnerable, increased sense of self-worth, a more developed spirituality and heightened appreciation for life.

Nurture a positive view of yourself: Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.

Keep things in perspective: Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion.

Maintain a hopeful outlook: An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.

Take care of yourself: Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.

Here are some resources to connect you with opportunities to make connections, build skills and confidence, discover things about yourself, and practice self-care. This is a short list of the opportunities available in the Gorge area. You can use the 211-website listed to find more!

General Gorge Resources

211 Community Resource Search

Cascade Locks Community Calendar – Find out the different events available in the community to connect with neighbors

Hood River Public Library – Learn about the different events and opportunities made available including outdoor painting, Tuesday night game night, teen movie night, LEGO club (LEGOs provided), and ActorNoons among many other activities

Hood River News Gatherings – Find a listing of community gatherings including care giver support groups, Alzheimer’s support groups, cancer caregiver support groups, breastfeeding support, alcoholics anonymous, and bereavement support groups among many other things.

Mid-Columbia Center for Living – community behavioral and mental health support and treatment services

Northern Wasco County Parks & Rec – Access information about parks and trails, aquatics, and programs offered in the community

Sherman County Calendar of Events – Learn about different events available including pizza nights, theater shows, school events, parenting classes, and firefighting academy among many other things

Wasco County Activities & Events – Discover activities and events happening throughout Wasco County