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RELATIONSHIP CORNER : A Look at Social Isolation due to Corona Virus Distancing Among Those With Chronic Illness
Linda Rodgers’ article discusses the emotional challenges faced by those that are isolating from others and limiting their usual activities to limit risks of catching and spreading COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. The article offers specific strategies for coping with the loneliness, recommendations to self-monitor for signs of worsening emotional health, and tips to limit risk when leaving the home is necessary.
This article on cultivating high performance teams recently came to my attention. Whatever our present work circumstances, it holds some wise truths about healthy environments that apply to any number of industry work “teams”. I invite you during this season of change and personal reflection to also spend time considering your career trajectory and what is/isn’t working.
Primary insomnia refers to sleep difficulties that are not due to medication side effects, caffeine/stimulant or other substance use, or psychological/physical health conditions. Primary insomnia is characterized by:
These are difficult times for so many reasons- which is putting a strain on our mental health and the ability of the healthcare system to adequately address the need. If you aren’t feeling like your usual self, you aren’t alone:
Lifestyle Medicine Week: Day 2, Workplace Wellness
How common are mental health conditions and high stress levels in the workplace? Eighteen percent (18%) of the adult population reported a mental illness in 2016; 71% of adults reported at least one symptom of stress. Pre-COVID statistics from the CDC report that 63% of Americans are part of the US workforce. Mental health concerns in the workplace can result in absenteeism, negative impact on productivity and profits, increased costs to deal with the issue, and adverse effects on employee morale. A 1995 study noted that some types of jobs, such as secretaries, teachers, managers, and healthcare workers, can have higher levels of stress than others. It would be advantageous to plan strategies to take care of yourself and your staff in the workplace and also identify ways to address, prevent, and minimize stressors and other risk factors for mental health conditions.
Lifestyle Medicine Week: Day 1, Smoking Cessation
How do smoking or vaping affect risk of developing SARS-COV-2 (Corona virus) and affect the ability to recover once infected? Are you or a loved one thinking about quitting/trying to quit but not sure how?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most smoking behaviors begin during the teen years with 90-98% of smokers having the first smoke by age 26. Flavored tobaccos and e-cigarettes are also very popular, with high levels of use starting from middle-school age.
After weeks of news overload and discouraging statistics reflecting the impact of the Corona Virus, I want to understand and help my community understand how we might live and find meaning as we wait for an effective COVID-19 vaccine or treatment. As a licensed psychologist, here are my immediate thoughts: