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:
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.
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:
Have you been thinking about getting a therapist and curious about how therapy works or if it is “right” for you? Today more than ever people are giving therapy a try due to heightened stress levels associated with COVID-19 and also the increased accessibility of online therapy. U.S. News and World Report list these signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 stress and anxiety:
When we have negative feelings and stress in our life our brain and nervous system learn to be “on alert” more than may be healthy. Some ways that we respond when faced with difficulties include worrying, being “on edge”, and various body sensations and reactions. None of this is fun; enter “relaxation”! Regular daily practice of relaxation can provide long term physical changes in as little as 12 weeks !
How are you today? In a moment of stillness and self-reflection, how are you feeling really? You are an amazing person, who gives so selflessly and sacrificially. So many times I wonder how you manage to keep going! Perhaps you “caregive” out of obligation or duty, environmental expectations, learned behaviors, or personality and gifting.
This love letter goes out to those who care for children or family members in need, are caught in the “sandwich” between caring for their children while caring for aging parents, or those who care for the elderly in their community/church or as a volunteer or paid caregiver- in addition to keeping up with work, family, and life.
What is lifestyle medicine? Following specific guidelines and practices for food choices, stress management, being physically active, avoiding risky substance use and nicotine use, getting enough sleep, and having a strong emotional support system in your life can powerfully prevent, treat, and often even reverse chronic disease and select autoimmune conditions (source: The American College of Lifestyle Medicine).
(Video transcript follows) There are many benefits to having a positive outlook and not dwelling on negativity. But how do you stay “positive” when feeling hurt, upset, or worried? As in the photo gallery above, these people may experience uncertainties, but respond with courage, joy, and hope. Here are some ideas to support a positive thought process: