Resilience Strength Time (ReST)
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What is Resilience Strength Time?
VOA|ReST is a free, confidential, group process that supports emotional resilience in people struggling with isolation, fatigue, frustration, anxiety, and a sense of inadequacy or failure.
Sessions of up to ten participants are scheduled nearly every day, for an hour. People may attend alone or with others they trust. Peer facilitators guide the conversations, and as participants share difficult experiences and listen to each other, they feel understood, empathize with others, and recover a sense of commitment and gratitude for their relationships and work.
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I just wanted to let you know I attended a VOA|ReST support session this past Sunday evening. It was very uplifting, positive, and relaxing. I absolutely loved it! In fact, I’ve signed up for another session next Sunday. We work in stressful times, with stressful participants, stressful environmental situations that we have no control over, or at least, very little control over. So to give yourself one hour to relax, rest, laugh, and support yourself and others is absolutely one thing we can do to feel truly blessed.
It was helpful speaking with other individuals from different parts of the world and share our thoughts and feelings and have a great appreciation for each other. While we are from different backgrounds, cultures and time zones we were able to have a common denominator, humanity.
I learned that during this time in the world, everyone is dealing with a stressful situation and just a simple sentence a person says can help someone.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst crisis faced by our society in a century. It has created great uncertainty and chaos that have left many feeling that they have lost control and struggling to find the time, support, and resources required to do their best. People can feel confused, frustrated, sad, worried, angry, or defeated. These responses of moral distress are, in fact, signs that people still deeply care, but their inner resources for resilience and empathy are at risk of depletion. Unlike physical exhaustion which can be helped with more sleep or a vacation, moral distress lingers and is best addressed by processing it with others.
Feelings of moral distress can be set aside in times of chaos, when focusing on the immediacy of the present emergency takes all people’s attention. But as that distress accumulates, self-confidence and moral resilience are compromised. VOA|ReST enables participants to share their distress with others and stay resilient. Participants describe it as being “a wonderful experience” and a way to “express the stress I feel and offer support to others.”
What is moral distress?
What is moral resilience?
For more information:
Dodd L. White, DLWhite@voa.org