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Facing Hostility with Compassion

Facing Hostility with Compassion

We have lost a great deal during COVID-19. In addition, we have ongoing social unrest. This can have a negative impact on our health, well-being and resilience. We can also lose hope that kindness exists, which is a terrible feeling – especially for caregivers. It’s hard to remain hopeful when so much in the environment is full of anger. Luckily, we have some simple strategies to face this head on. Today try to repeat brief statements such as “May I be safe,” “May I be healthy and calm,” “May...

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Controlling the “Out of Control” Feeling

Controlling the “Out of Control” Feeling

COVID-19 has thrown everyone’s life into unknown territory. We have lost routines, rituals, celebrations and so many other things. This means we’ve also lost control, which turns out to be very important for our well-being.  A sense of control or “autonomy” is good for our physical and mental health. Right now, that sense is at an all-time low for most of us. That’s the bad news. The good news is we can regain it with even the smallest adjustments to how we move through our days. To...

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Resilience While Grieving

Resilience While Grieving

Resilience While Grieving While senior care staff are aware that their residents may die while in care, losing a resident during these COVID-19 days can be even more difficult. It can affect folks who worked closely with that person as well as those who have less direct contact with residents.   In the last blog post, we discussed how acknowledging the impact of COVID can have resilience-building effects. Today we’re sharing that grief, too can become an opportunity for bouncing back—as...

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Weekly Tips for Bouncing Back from COVID-19 Stress

Weekly Tips for Bouncing Back from COVID-19 Stress

Welcome to our COVID-19 Staff Coping & Support blog. We’re calling it Bouncing Back because each post will give you tips about how to build your own resilience during this pandemic. We all have times when we feel like we’re at our limit—with residents, co-workers, families or in our personal lives—and it’s helpful to have some “go-to” practices that will help you bounce back from these moments.  I am Alyson VanAhn, PhD and I work on the Geriatric Team at Associated Clinic of...

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Start Creating Space for Stress Relief: The Power of Acknowledgement

Start Creating Space for Stress Relief: The Power of Acknowledgement

COVID-19 makes most aspects of life more difficult and complicated. This is especially true for those working in senior care environments. You face new risks and significant challenges simply by going to work during the pandemic. Balancing this with stressors at home (from COVID-19 or for other reasons) is no small feat. It is normal to feel tired and not at your best in any roles. This blog provides reassurance and encouragement as well as simple, brief ways you can build resilience and...

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Controlling the “Out of Control” Feeling

Appreciations for Resilience

It’s difficult to know the “right” way to do things when the rules change so quickly—like during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also easy to become fatigued and frustrated when you are working hard, but not feeling as effective or helpful as usual. At this time, “recognizing wins” becomes important for us all to maintain motivation and a sense of doing our job well. This is especially true for those who work in senior care environments during this trying time. For this installment, we are...

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