The importance of resilience for the Florida National Guard

Resilience is often defined as the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands.   Florida National Guard members and their families have been through a lot in recent years – multiple deployments, intense operational tempo, increased training requirements and last year’s sequestration, furlough and government shutdown.  In this current environment full of change and uncertainty, cultivating our resiliency is more important than ever before.

Being resilient doesn’t mean avoiding pain or stress when faced with a crisis – it means having the ability to recover and gain strength from it.  Luckily, there are things you can do to increase your resiliency and the resiliency of your family.  First, remain flexible and accept that change is a part of life.  Try to find meaning in adversity and view challenges as opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery.  Keep things in perspective,  maintain a positive outlook, and look at problems in the broader context of your overall life.

Most importantly, look out for yourself and for others.  Resilient people recognize the value of reaching out for help and relying on others during times of crisis.  Nurture connections with those around you and recognize the warning signs when someone you care about needs help. Remember the ACE method – Ask, Care, Escort. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Military Crisis Hotline at 800-273-TALK or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.

It is often said, but cannot be overstated — the Florida National Guard is a family.  When we pull together, we can make it through anything.  Take care of yourself and take care of each other.

Maj. Gen. Emmett Tithshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General