This is a new video blog posted on the similarities and differences between seasonal flu (influenza virus) and corona virus (SARS COV2) & coping strategies for limiting overworrying as we enter the cold and flu season. ❤ Be healthy, safe, and well !
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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.
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.
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:
Here’s some useful information for those of you who are working from home, studying from home, or perhaps a little of both! To support you in taking care of your mind and body:
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 !