Community resilience in times of the pandemic

Date

2020-05-20

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Elixir

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Working Paper

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

We are adapting to a new situation. There is a huge potential to learn life lessons if we can cultivate the practice of critical reflection (social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual). Being critically reflective is an attitude that can be developed through continuous practice. In a time of global instability and uncertainty, ‘disorientations and reorientations’ are the new normal that affects the way we think. Thoughts do have an impact on our actions and behaviours. Without a concrete direction and clarity, we are exposed to the uncertain thoughts that can be emotionally uncomfortable and blur our vision of the future. Being critically reflective enhances the chance of recovery, by connecting us to our fundamental values, and teaching us to manage internal and external conflicts, even if we cannot resolve them. Critical reflection is an important component that has the power to affect our mental wellbeing. In difficult times, keeping a record, either in digital journals or a diary, depending on individual preferences, can influence our individual strategies for survival and empower individuals with ways to remain resilient during change.

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Keywords

community resilience, critical reflection, cultural narratives, co-creation, co-production, common belief island, pandemic, mental wellbeing

Citation

Lahiri, I. (2020) Community resilience in times of the pandemic. ELIXIR, May 2020.

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Media and Communication Research Centre (MCRC)