A Resiliency Scavenger Hunt

Resiliency is the internal strength you use to carry the emotional load of life. It helps you navigate more easily through challenges and stressors that come your way. Just as you might exercise to strengthen your muscles, you can practice resiliency to bounce back from adversity more easily. Try this quarantine-appropriate scavenger hunt to practice a few strategies for resiliency:

  1. Walk by someone (from a safe, 6-foot distance) and offer the person a silent “I wish you well.”
  2. Find something you can give to someone else that will make them smile.
  3. Find something you pass by every day – look at it more closely for a few moments as you pass by.
  4. Find someone in your contact list who you haven’t talked to in a while and send them a message to say hello.
  5. Listen to a song that makes you feel happy.
  6. Name a person you’re grateful for and think about how this person impacts your life in a positive way.
  7. Look at yourself from the perspective of someone who loves you unconditionally.
  8. Do one random act of kindness for someone – one that costs you nothing but a small amount of time.
  9. Find one thing that you love to smell (you get a bonus point if it is the soap you’re using to wash your hands for 20 seconds).
  10. Find a picture stored on your phone (or in an album) that makes you feel happy, and reflect on what brings you joy.

Look for these things as ways to appreciate the good, practice gratitude and cultivate joy.

Happy hunting.

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.