Building Resilience Through Steps to Resilience
 
Welcome to your Steps to Resilience journey! We are thrilled you have joined us. Over the 4-week period from May 9 to June 7, we will provide you with 8 different resiliency building themes that include:
 
an action to build your resilience
 
a share prompt to let people about your #Steps2Resilience involvement, and
 
a peer-to-peer fundraising tip to help you reach your fundraising goal.
 
This page will serve as a guide during your Steps to Resilience journey. Check this page often for updated actions, shares and peer to peer prompts. resilience building skills, actions, shares, and peer to peer tips! Let's start stepping!!
 
 
Week One, Monday - Get Physical!!
 
Resilience Building Skill
Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something. We all have lost a sense of normalcy. We tend to hold our grief in our bodies. As a result, we need to let it out! Taking steps, playing a sport, walking, dancing, jumping jacks, push-ups, or any activity that safely accommodates your mobility is beneficial to your physical AND emotional health. Did you know doctors now prescribe exercise to treat depression and anxiety? Science says it works. So, get on the move as you step towards resilience.
 
Practice
During your steps this week, throw in a few additional exercises! Do ten jumping jacks, add some sprints, do sit ups, or turn up your favorite beats and dance!
 
Share
Share a video or photo of you stepping and moving! Let you family and friends know "I'm taking steps toward building my resilience by getting physical. #Steps2Resilience
 
Send us your photos or videos for a chance to be featured in our "Steps Stories!"
 
Peer to Peer Fundraising Tip
Send an introductory message to your network sharing about your goal and why this is important to you. For fun, include some of your favorite songs to get you moving and grooving! Your message can be as simple as (feel free to copy and paste!):
 
I’m participating in Good Grief’s Steps to Resilience virtual event from now until June 7th! I’ll be building my resilience as I take steps towards reaching my goals. This week I’m racking up my steps and feeling better physically and emotionally! Want to know what gets me moving and stepping each day? Some of my favorite workout songs! I dare you not to dance to…. . (tag your friends)
 
Will you please support me as I take these Steps to Resilience? My goal is to raise $XX in support of Good Grief and the hundreds of grieving kids and families they serve through their free programming. Visit my personal fundraising page to make a gift to support me and Good Grief! Want to build your resilience, ask me how to join my team! Thank you! #Steps2Resilience
 
 
 
Week One, Thursday - Mind FULL? or Mindful
 
Resilience Building Skill
Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and body. This attention begins by drawing your attention inward. Science says this is foundational to overcoming adversity. Starting a mindfulness practice might feel awkward at first, but in time it will become second nature. You will start to feel your body relax, become calm, and feel more present in your life.
 
Practice
During Steps to Resilience, start each day with 5 minutes of deep breathing. There are many breathing exercises you can practice for all ages, click HERE.
 
Share
Let your friends and family know, “I’m taking steps towards building my resilience by starting each morning with a mindful breathing ritual. #Steps2Resilience” Include a photo of your breathing practice or name how the practice has helped you start your day. (tag friends)
 
Send us your photos or videos to be featured in our "Steps Stories!"
 
Peer to Peer Fundraising Tip
Send a message to your network to join you in practicing mindfulness and to make a gift to support your fundraising efforts. Your message can be as simple as… (feel free to copy and paste!)
 
I’m practicing mindfulness as part of Steps To Resilience. Did you know there is a very strong mind body connection? I’m teaching myself to relax through deep breathing to start my day. Just 5 minutes of deep breathing each day helps me feel calmer.
 
Feel calmer with me this weekend by practicing a deep breathing routine, and let’s build our resilience together. You can join me by registering for Good Grief’s Steps to Resilience, and by making a gift to support my efforts! I’ve reached XX% of my goal to raise $XX to support Good Grief.
 
Visit my personal fundraising page at (insert the link to your personal page here) to make a gift today. Thank you so much! #steps2resilience
 
 
 
Week Two, Monday - Be Kind to Yourself
 
Resilience Building Skill
Negative self-talk is normal! Times of stress often lead to this type of habitual thinking. When you notice a negative thought the first step to reframing it is to acknowledge the thought. Label it as a negative or unkind thought. Just by naming the thought you are bringing awareness to what you are experiencing.
 
In order to help you reframe this thought, think about what you would tell your best friend who is having that very same thought. What might you say to your friend? Now say that same kind thought to yourself. For more on self-kindness click HERE.
 
Practice
Identify two kind thoughts and program them into your phone as a reminder or write them on a post-it and put them somewhere in your house that you see daily. 
 
Kid Tip: Kids can write on a mirror things they love about themselves or positive words to remember.
 
Share
Share a photo of your kind words and let your friends and family know, “I’m taking steps towards building my resilience by kicking unkind thoughts out of my head! #Steps2Resilience” (tag friends)
 
Send us your photos or videos to be featured in our "Steps Stories!"
 
Peer to Peer Fundraising Tip
Have you made a gift to yourself and your efforts in Steps to Resilience? Make a small gift to yourself! This shows you believe in what you are doing to build your resilience and is a small, but meaningful act of self-kindness. 

Visit your fundraising page and make a gift in support of YOU!
 
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