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6 Coping Strategies to Ease Anxiety

New research published in American Psychologist identifies a handful of coping strategies associated with psychological resilience.

  • Active Coping: An active coping strategy occurs when a person makes a conscious decision to fix something in his/her life. One can do this by seeking information/social support/help, changing one’s environment, and/or solving problems.
  • Positive Reframing: This is when someone turns a negative into a positive or finds the best in a situation. It is the glass-half-full mentality.
  • Instrumental Support: Thisrefers to the help others may provide you — for instance, by offering financial assistance, housekeeping, or childcare support.
  • Religion/Spirituality: Coping with trauma or stress through the comfort found in spiritual or religious practices.
  • Acceptance: This involves responding to change in a way that aligns with your values and not fighting against things that are out of your control.
  • Emotional support:  Tapping into the warmth and nurturance that is derived from your core social circle. Spending quality time with friends and family, even if through a Zoom call or FaceTime.

The team of researchers report that substance use, planning, venting, and denial actually do more to hurt the situation than to help it. They also found that humor and self-distraction neither induced a beneficial nor negative change in people’s well-being.

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Well In Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF A BIT DYSREGULATED OR OVERWHELMED, A FEW OF THESE SIMPLE INTERVENTIONS CAN HELP. ASKING YOURSELF, “AM I HUNGRY, ANGRY, ANXIOUS OR OTHERWISE ACTIVATED? AM I LONELY, CAN I REACH OUT? AM I TIRED, CAN I GIVE MYSELF SOME REST OR A BREAK? DO SOMETHING RESTORATIVE FOR MY ENERGY?” WE CAN MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY MANAGE WHATEVER DIFFICULTIES MAY ARISE OVER THE COURSE OF A CHALLENGING DAY AND WEEKS AHEAD. CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR A 12 MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATION OF THE H.A.L.T PRACTICE

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WELL In Mind Weekly Minute: How to manage the very difficult

Even during “normal” times, many of us feel we aren’t fulfilling our spouse, parent and employee roles perfectly.  Today it might seem impossible, but we can aspire to be our best selves and remember that we won’t always be living in a pandemic.  In the meantime, there are coping strategies you can use to alleviate any burnout.

  • Accept that not everything can be a priority. Recognize that you are working multiple jobs in ways that you haven’t before.
  • Every weekend, make a plan for the upcoming week that includes your work and household tasks as well as your children’s school and non-school activities. Use a planner or wall calendar that everyone in the house can see.
  • Within that schedule, allow for flexibility.  Allow children to have some role in the planning to help them feel more involved in the process.
  • In terms of the school day, quality over quantity matters. Plan for other activities and try to make sure some of them don’t involve a screen.
  • Be creative and take a non-traditional approach. There is no rulebook for these times so do what works best for you and your family.

Remember to take care of yourself.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired or just not yourself, you’re less likely to meet today’s demands. In addition to good nutrition and exercise, below are some tips to help you be your best self:

  • Set a time to be off from work and adhere to it.
  • While the ability to travel may be limited, still try to use some vacation time, even if it is just a day or two, to recharge.
  • Arrange a support group/virtual meet-up with friends/other parents as a way to share ideas on what has worked and what hasn’t.

If you continue to feel overwhelmed, contact the Well In Mind EAP.  We’re here to help.  (815) 933-2240 option #2.

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Well in Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

Communication is a major aspect of a healthy team environment, work satisfaction, and building and maintaining work relationships. Stress can quickly break down communication, so it’s helpful to review ways we can enhance our communication to contribute to a supportive, empathetic work environment.

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