Use the 52 Essentials for Developing Resilience Card deck to build emotional resilience, coping skills, and life well-being. These adaptive coping skills are essential for dealing with daily stress and major challenges in life. Think of developing resilience and coping skills as a muscle that needs to be practiced and strengthened over time, and under different training demands.
LEARN ABOUT EMOTIONS, RESILIENCE, AND COPING
This is a portable deck of cards in a sturdy tin can because it’s meant to be used and reused for a lifetime. This is not an activity that is done once and mastered.
- Address difficult emotions such as anger, disappointment, jealousy, shame, and low self-esteem.
- Identify your personal triggers and learn how to respond.
- Navigate anxiety, anger, disappointment, shame, guilt, jealousy, envy, daily stress, life transitions, healing from trauma, and a sense of belonging!
DEVELOPING RESILIENCE (a.k.a. COPING) GAMES & EXERCISES
The 52 Essentials for Developing Resilience Card deck is a fun and engaging tool to promote the development of socio-emotional competencies, and the playful format of the card deck creates a non-threatening resource to stimulate productive conversations. On each card, find...
- Topic labeled for easy retrieval.
- Coping skills and exercises organized by Focus Area (found in the top left-hand corner, and labeled by suit characters)
- A heart stands for self-awareness
- A diamond stands for self-management
- A spade stands for social awareness
- A club stands for relationship skills
- Exercises and prompts that apply to the specific resilience/coping strategy.
- Actionable exercises that speak to the challenging situations that you’re facing and the goals that you may have on how you’d like to show up as a person.
- Color-coordinated by suits
- Internal challenges: Use red suits (hearts and diamonds) when you are having a hard time letting go of a thought or an emotion.
- External challenges: Use the black suits (spades and clubs) when you are dealing with challenges relating to others around you.
IDENTIFY YOUR COPING STYLE
- Understand current tendencies
- Do you typically vent to others about your problems, or do you silently blame yourself for what happened?
- Do you respond to an issue by taking action or you prefer taking a step back and give it time?
- Are you responding to stress in unhealthy ways?
- For individual use, practice a little at a time
- Don't try to do too much at once. Limit yourself and your group to 1 to 2 cards at a time. Each card is broken up into bitesize prompts, because our big emotions and lingering moods are a lot to process.
- With practice, you’ll be able to call upon these useful skills and strategies in demanding situations.
- Repeat resilience exercises for new insights. Revisit exercises as you are dealing with other circumstances and challenges in the future.
- 52 cards per deck
- cards measure 2.5" x 3.5"