How many of us are clouded in thoughts that are self-critical, demeaning and shaming? I could confidently say all of us have fallen victim to such defeating and counterproductive patterns. Negative self-talk is often learned throughout our life from toxic…
April 22, 2020 Eric D. Achtyes, MD, MS, a psychiatrist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and director of the Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, was scheduled to present…
Powerlessness is terrifying. Leaders do well to focus people away from powerlessness toward what they do have control over. Healthy, life-giving control mitigates anxiety and allows natural resilience to occur.
“One of the biggest reasons that folks struggle with staying sober is isolation,” said Weeldreyer. “A huge chunk of why AA is works is because people get fellowship there and they get a chance to talk instead of just sitting alone.”
We talk about looking for the new normal. We assume things will eventually settle again, but into a new arrangement of reality. That is a reasonable assumption. But what will it look like? The better question to my mind is, “What do we want it to look like?”
Bob VandePol, MSW, walks us through steps individuals can take to be resilient and weather challenging times, in addition to outlining a process leaders can follow to facilitate individual and organizational recovery from a crisis.
Can you sew masks or donate personal protection equipment including isolation/surgical gowns, swabs, N95 masks, isolation masks for adults and children, face shields and more. Also needed, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.
It’s extremely important for human resource professionals to practice good self-care during COVID-19, counsels Jo Carlson from Pine Rest’s EAP. And that’s your WHOLE self – soul, mind and heart.
“Lots of organizations are working very hard to make the transition (to teletherapy) so that people’s mental health is still being cared for,” said Dr. Ron DeVries, a psychologist for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. “A month or so ago we did about 400 telehealth visits, and last week we did over 5,000, so we really, really stepped up and people were trained and we are ready to go.”
“Most of the concerns that I have heard so far from the people that I work with are about finances,” Weeldreyer said. “Even those that are middle to later age have not talked a great deal about ‘I’m really afraid I’m going to get this and it could kill me.’”