By Kozi Arrington

PEERS will be supporting you through your WRAP® journey with regular blog posts in days and weeks to come. Starting next week, we’ll have tips and suggestions for building your Wellness Toolbox; sneak previews of what you can expect when you join one of our ongoing WRAP® groups; WRAP® posts in Spanish; and affirmations on Fridays to carry you through the weekend. For even more support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online.

This week we’re sharing some introductory WRAP® blog posts. Our first one is from Kozi Arrington, PEERS’ Programs Outreach Coordinator.

When We Really Are Present, responsible and accountable for our own health and welfare as well as the health and welfare of those around us, whether they are our loved ones, neighbors or even strangers, it becomes apparent how having tools, coping strategies and a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) can be beneficial.

WRAP® can help While Recognizing And Preparing for what comes next. Anything we can do to help ourselves deal with the serious and drastic changes that are happening around us as we transition into living in a world now complicated by COVID-19 may be called into action.

We Realize, Accept Personal responsibility, and educate ourselves about witnessing history in the making and how the world we once knew has been dramatically altered.

It is only natural that feelings of stress, fear, anxiety, panic, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, and even anger can begin to permeate and impact our lives. This is true for me. I am learning new ways of being safe and maintaining my mental and physical health and wellbeing. Dealing with any of the aforementioned can be challenging. Imagine dealing with several or all of them simultaneously. Overwhelming, isn’t it?

Developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan might help to make unimaginable circumstances more manageable. 

Here are some ways you can put this into practice today:

  • Keep Hope alive. 
  • Take Personal Responsibility for that over which you still have control.
  • Educate yourself on what is going on within as well as what is happening around you. 
  • Self-Advocate for the things you want and need to maintain your health and wellness. 
  • Lastly, maintain a healthy Support system. This can be done a number of ways, including online and over the phone, so be intuitive and creative. If you’re looking for ideas on how to expand your Support system, consider joining PEERS’ weekly Virtual WRAP® group on Friday afternoons at 1:30pm. To register, call 314-472-8826 or email wrap@peersnet.org.

Whether you already have a WRAP® or are thinking about developing one, take the next step by opening up your box of Wellness Tools. Do those things you enjoy doing that can make you feel better when you are having a difficult time. If you need some fresh ideas for filling your Wellness Toolbox, check back here on Monday, March 30, for inspiration with our next WRAP® blog post.

If you are already using wellness tools that are helping you through these challenging times, please share them in the comments below!