Building Resilience in 2018

The Employee Wellness team has several opportunities for employees to hone resiliency skills in the new year. Remember, you are never too young or too old to work on resiliency, as individuals can improve these skill sets at any age. Resilient individuals do not wallow or dwell on failure; they acknowledge and learn from situations, and then move forward.

If these attributes sound like something you would like to work on, consider some, or all, of these upcoming programs on resiliency:     

The Be Mindful, Be Resilient 28-Day Challenge – Starts Jan. 29

The Be Mindful, Be Resilient Challenge, a new 28-day program, is designed to teach mindful practices and techniques, which increases your overall resilience.

It is no secret that today’s modern and productivity-driven world leads us to wear many hats. We are family members, employees, volunteers, friends and more. The hats we wear or roles we play usually give and take on our energy levels and creates undue stress on our daily lives. This can negatively impact physical and emotional health, and cause us to engage in unhealthy habits. Practicing mindfulness has become an integral strategy to practice good self-care, reduce stress levels and improve resilience.   

The program kicks off on Jan. 29 and is available to all full-time, benefits-eligible employees on all Kent State campuses. You do not have to be enrolled in one of the university-sponsored medical plans to participate.

Participants receive educational materials, weekly emails and unlimited telephonic health coaching. In addition, weekly random drawings for prizes will be provided by the Employee Wellness office to keep you motivated and support your wellness goals. Winners will be announced each week throughout the challenge. 

You must participate in all four weeks of this challenge to qualify for your Tier 2 Wellness Reward points if participating in the Wellness Your Way employee incentive program. This challenge is worth 20 Tier Two wellness reward points.

Please register by Jan. 24

Gaining Resiliency, Optimism and Confidence – Feb. 7

This session will be livestreamed; all-employee, all-campus access

This lunch-and-learn opportunity will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Employees may participate on the Kent Campus in 107 Heer Hall or via livestream to any location with internet access. 

The presenter will be Thomas O’Reilly, MS, PCC, from IMPACT Solutions. O’Reilly will examine the human traits of resiliency, optimism and confidence.  He will discuss and explore what promotes or erodes these traits in a person’s life and how to gain new skills to develop resiliency, optimism and confidence during tough times. 

Registration is required whether participating in-person or via livestreaming.  Please follow the following links for registration:

All employees are welcome to participate. For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way employee incentive program, this session is worth 10 Tier Two wellness reward points for 2018.

Take the Resilience Journey – Self-paced Program

Do you know your purpose in life? What you value? What makes you the happiest? This engaging, interactive program will take you on an enlightening journey that will open your eyes to your life's purpose, while teaching you about the five core components of resilience: purpose, self-reliance, perseverance, balance and being your own best friend.

To access the Resilience Journey program, simply go to If a username is requested, simply type in KENT for full access to the IMPACT Solutions portal. You also may choose to set up an account so that you can save items that you may want to come back to later or pick up the module where you last left off.

Once signed in to the IMPACT Solutions website, the Resilience Journey Module resides in the “Resilience” tile accessible from the IMPACT homepage. The entire module takes 1.5-2 hours to complete and does not need to be completed in one sitting.

This is a great self-paced program sure to give you even greater insights into your own personal journey.  All full- and part-time employees are welcome to participate. For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way employee incentive program, this session is worth  20 Tier Two wellness reward points. Upon completion, you will turn in your certificate of completion along with the Resilience Journey form downloadable from your Be Well portal. 

If you have questions on any of the resilience training offerings, please contact the Employee Wellness office at 330-672-0392 or

POSTED: Friday, January 19, 2018 12:08 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2023 08:34 AM