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Planning and Preparing for the Unexpected

As business owners and leaders most of us have created systems, plans, policies and procedures for staying productive, creating predictability and ensuring that our entities are running smoothly and efficiently.

Many business owners have insurance policies, contingency plans and other emergency management systems in place for all the “what if’s” that could happen.

But what about the stuff that you can’t plan for? What about the people part of this equation? The unexpected curveballs? How are we preparing mentally, emotionally, physically, relationally, financially and spiritually for circumstances that come at us (as we’ve seen with Covid) with unexpected ferociousness that bring havoc to our otherwise orderly lives?

Some things we just can’t know will happen until they do- but what we can plan for and execute is the practice of resilience.

Safe to say the hardships of the Covid pandemic have brought us all some hard fought lessons.

While it’s easy to return to the new normal, our hope at Live Well Kitsap is that one lesson endures.

The lesson of practicing resilience. While we know that some people just seem to be innately equipped with a surplus of resilience, flexibility and adaptability, many others have struggled when unexpected circumstances rocked the comfortable status quo boat.

Being intentional about boosting resilience is crucial to your own health and wellbeing as well as your staff. It can be the difference between barely surviving, or thriving.

When we think about our ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, to thrive during hard times, we hope that you will make resilience skills and training part of your daily plan so that you are ready for the unexpected.

There are many ways to be able to bounce back from difficulties, the very essence of resilience. One of the ways we prioritize resilience habits is by engaging in selfcare and we encourage you to ensure that your workplace culture promotes it.

It is hard to be adaptable, flexible, creative, or collaborative when people are lacking in the basics: eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of fitness time , obtaining adequate sleep, managing stress, nurturing family time, and strengthening community bonds and connections.

Those are good starting places to become more resilient. When we are intentional about building up our “brain reserves” that is also a significant factor in becoming more resilient.

Today, as you review all your contingency plans that keep the engine of your business humming along, be sure to start considering the human aspect of creating the space, time and environment that supports wellbeing and resilience for you and those around you.

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