How the trapped Chilean miners coped with life more than 2,000 feet below the earth's surface offers rich lessons on Healthy Survivorship. When you or a loved one enters the "storm" of illness or injury:
- OBTAIN SOUND KNOWLEDGE Minors welcomed and followed advice from trauma experts. As Healthy Survivors, you benefit from expert advice.
- CREATE A ROUTINE The miners assigned times for meals, rest, work and socializing. Even in the most unusual and abnormal circumstances, you can create a routine. By helping life feel more normal, you calm anxieties due to your sense of vulnerability and the world be unpredictable.
- FIND A USEFUL ROLE Each of the miners played a role that reflected their talents and experiences: spiritual leader, doctor, journalist, etc. Find your role(s). If disabled and dependent on others, you serve an important role by demonstrating to others how to perservere and nourish hope for a better tomorrow.
- REMEMBER AND IMAGINE JOYFUL TIMES No matter where you are, you can escape into joyful memories or anticipation of future joys, even if only for a moment. It won't necessarily help your situation, but it may give you needed respite that calms fears while fueling courage and hope.
- LAUGH The miners joked around. Illness is never funny; but you can find or create humorous stories that lift everyone's spirits.
- PURSUE HAPPINESS IN A STORM One miner requested Elvis music. Do things that stimulate your senses in pleasurable ways, such as wearing perfume or stroking a pet.