The 5 Pillars of Resiliency

We are guided by the belief that the resiliency of our people is at the core of holistic health. To us, resiliency is the link to increased capability and readiness of the individual to create an even stronger DoD community. The Fort Meade Resiliency Shield combines the individual shields that support the five pillars of resiliency and serves to assist the Fort Meade community in identifying resiliency programs and facilities throughout the installation. The combined shield was designed by the Fort Meade Alliance in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Health Promotion Council.

Building a Stronger Community
The five pillars of resiliency are critical to the health and success of our military

Improving the ability to cope with stress, manage emotions constructively, and find self-acceptance and self-awareness


Achieving proper nutrition and engaging in regular physical activity


Building and maintaining healthy connections and strong relationships with others


Cultivating family wellness by supporting spouses, partners, children and parents to maintain a healthy and united family


Finding purpose and meaning through organized religion, meditating, creating a value or belief system and connecting to a Higher Power

More About Wellness

Emotional Wellness includes emotional self-awareness and an acceptance of one’s emotional reactions in a way that helps an individual make positive choices and foster positive relationships.

Investing in Emotional Wellness provides:
  • The ability to maintain emotional equanimity during stressful situations and bounce back when emotions take a negative turn
  • Effective coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety
  • Tools to ensure emotional reactions match the circumstances that trigger them
  • Acceptance of feeling emotions without guilt or shame
  • Effective problem-solving skills

Physical Wellness includes taking care of oneself and maintaining good health.

The benefits of attending to one’s Physical Wellness include:
  • Clear thinking
  • Higher energy levels
  • Increased ability to fight off sickness
  • Improved flexibility, agility and cardiovascular health

Social Wellness involves performing social roles according to the needs of family, employers and community, connecting with others in a personal way and knowing how to recognize and cope with unhealthy relationships.

Social Wellness helps individuals:
  • Develop healthy relationships that provide positive influence on the lives of those involved
  • Develop healthy attachments characterized by mutual respect and an equal give and take
  • Recognize when a relationship is harmful to them and understand how to leave it

Family Wellness means setting a good example through healthy behavior that creates a safe, stable environment for children, devoting time to family to ensure active participation in the household and putting family first by being flexible and seeking compromise when conflict arises.

Benefits of developing strong family bonds include:
  • Children who are less likely to develop behavioral or emotional issues
  • A family better prepared to weather and survive changes
  • A reduction in stress and anxiety related to disagreements or arguments

Spiritual Wellness means having personal values and beliefs and acting compassionately in accordance with those values.

Individuals who develop Spiritual Wellness often find that they:
  • Are in touch with their potential to create and affect change
  • Proliferate good things into the world like love, compassion and peace
  • Have a deepened sense of morale and unity
  • Have actions and intentions that align agreeably with the environment to the benefit of all within it
  • Have expanded perspective that inspires acts of kindness, compassion, tolerance and altruism
“Resiliency is the ability to course correct when challenges occur; it is the capacity to make hard decisions and find resources, especially in adverse circumstances.”
– Ed Rothstein (COL Ret.), Former Fort Meade Garrison Commander