I don’t know about you, but these days I have both my WRAP and a new COVID WRAP. I’ve tweaked—or in some cases made major changes to—a number of things from what had been my WRAP to one that feels more appropriate for the current time. Some of the adjustments were easy and others more challenging. To help, I picked up the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Updated Edition (the Red Book) and reread it.
Starting with “Chapter 1: Laying the Groundwork,” I revisited the five key concepts: hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support. I found the questions and action plans helpful while going through this new, not-at-all-normal time. As I reread that chapter, I added clarifiers to the end of each question, which helped me put things in a different perspective. Here are some questions I’ve been thinking about:
- Where are you finding hope during COVID?
- When or where have you taken responsibility while home during the pandemic?
- How do you define education during this time? What are some ways you can act to educate yourself to best handle the current situation?
- How can you practice communicating your needs to others, even though they may be struggling, too?
- What kind of support can you ask for and offer in return during these challenging times?
I found this process helpful as I worked on my WRAP using various prompts throughout the book. Have you updated your WRAP recently? Let us know. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on our Facebook page.
Mary Jaffe is WRAP Business Manager at Advocates for Human Potential. She joined the AHP family in October 2017. She has been working in publishing and nonprofit publishing for over 30 years. Reach her at email@example.com with your questions, comments, and ideas!