SUMMARY: This resource can help improve your ability to bounce back after a potential health, personal, or work crisis. It will help you identify effective strategies and resources to draw on when needed.


We all juggle personal, family, social, financial, and work demands. Most of us do pretty well, but any of us could be blindsided by an unexpected crisis or overwhelmed when too many stressors coincide.

Some potential stressors may diminish over time, while others may become more prominent. Stressors are not always bad and do not necessarily lead to negative feelings. Sometimes what appears to be a crisis can lead to post traumatic growth by helping us learn, evolve, or choose a more positive path. The more resilient we are, the more likely that we will be able to benefit in this way.

You will explore factors that can test your resilience. These could cause unwelcome stress for some people. The protective strategies suggested can help develop resilience and enhance your ability to cope when a crisis does occur. Ideas for brainstorming options to overcome challenges, taking action even when you feel paralyzed by fear or worry, learning from your mistakes rather than beating yourself up, and building a network of support are just some of the protective strategies to consider.

Creating a plan may not help us avoid the crisis, but can make it much easier to get through it.

The Plan for Resilience: Workplace Edition includes the following sections:

  • Developing Personal Resilience
  • Recognizing Your Automatic Responses to Stress
  • Choosing Healthier Strategies
  • Recognizing and Exploring Your Stressors
  • Balancing Your Support Network
  • Examining Your Options
  • Identifying and Using Your Strengths
  • Work Resilience for Leaders
  • Work Resilience for Employees
  • Work Resilience for Self-Employed
  • And more…

In this workplace edition, there are separate pages to deal with work resilience for leaders, for employees, and for the self-employed. Leaders are guided to think about the impact on their employees and organization if they are unable to work. Employees consider the personal and professional impact for them. The self-employed are guided to think about business continuity strategies whether as a sole proprietor, independent consultant, or small business owner. Not being able to work for any reason can exacerbate stress, especially if yours is the only source of income for your household. Letting down employees or clients can also add to your stress.