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Finding positivity, resiliency in times of crises

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Being resilient and positive is difficult during a crisis. We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can control how we respond to them. Cheryl Kaczor, West Virginia University Extension Service Family and Community Development Agent in Marshall County, offers sound advice on coping with adversity and finding silver linings to help you navigate challenging times. 


Audio file: Take care of yourself
“An important way to remain positive during adversity is to take care of yourself. Eat nutritious foods. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Watch your sugar and caffeine. Find time for physical activity. And, get enough sleep.” 

Audio file: Responding to adversity
“Lou Holtz reminds us that ‘life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond.’ Develop skills and habits to become resilient and create a positive attitude.”

Audio file: Becoming resilient
“What can you do to be resilient? Develop a support system. Redefine your values. Create an oasis. Take care of your physical self. Enjoy a hobby and be grateful for the little things.” – Cheryl Kaczor, Family and Community Development Agent in Marshall County 

Additional information about resiliency and positivity in times of crises, as well as other helpful resources, can be found on WVU Extension Service’s disease outbreak resource site.

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Tara Curtis
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WVU Extension Service


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