Resilience Week Virginia 2021 - May 2 - 8

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RWV 2021Building resilience helps us and our community bounce back from difficult experiences, like the current health crisis. As part of the second annual Resilience Week Virginia, the Department of Community and Human Services shared these daily ideas and resources to help build resilience in our personal lives, families, work lives and community. View a flyer about Resilience Week 2021 in English and Spanish.

In addition to accessing the resources and activities below, virtual events were hosted by organizations around the state on various platforms during Resilience Week, including:

See the webpages below for additional resources on building resilience and coping with stress and uncertainty:


Ways to Practice Happiness & Play

“Always take some of the play, fun, freedom and wonder from your weekend into your week and your work.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

Play is an important way to build resilience, and resilient people are more likely to lead happier lives. What do you have fun doing? How can you build play into your day?

RWV 2021 Happiness and Play


Ways to Honor & Practice Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization” ~Mahatma Gandhi

An intentional focus on diversity, equity and inclusion can help promote and sustain resilience in times of crisis. 

RWV 2021 Equity


Ways to Practice Connection

We are in this together -- and we will get through this, TOGETHER.” ~Antonio Guterres

Positive, social relationships are key to resilience because they help us recover from hardship and move forward in a positive, adaptive way. How can you foster connection today? 

RWV 2021 Connection


Ways to Practice Health of Mind, Body & Spirit

“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar

Maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit is a way to build your resilience. How can you nurture your mind, body, and spirit today?  

RWV 2021 Health


Things to Do When Experiencing Grief & Loss

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to walk through water without getting wet.” ~Remen, 1996

Humans are hard-wired to cope with loss and that the most common human response to loss is resilience. When experiencing grief, where can you choose to focus your attention? How can you support others when they are grieving? 

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Ways to Practice Kindness & Gratitude

“In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.” ~Unattributed

You can become more resilient by practicing acts of kindness and gratitude. What are you grateful for today?

RWV 2021 Kindness


Ways to Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Exposure to early adversity and trauma literally affects the structure and function of children’s developing brains.” ~Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Center for Youth Wellness, in Resilience

How can you honor the challenges that you have had to overcome this past year? What are ways you can support your community in healing?

RWV 2021 Pandemic


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