Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/ en Being Human Involves Coping with Stress https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/being-human-involves-coping-stress <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Being Human Involves Coping with Stress</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/29/2024 - 10:32</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3575" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Being Human Involves Coping with Stress"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img align="right" alt="Being Human" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/images/wlc/wlcBeingHumanInvolvesCopingWithStress.png" class="align-right" /></p> <p>Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP</p> <p>We all deal with stress on a daily basis. Stress can be both positive (eustress) and negative.  It often signals that there are challenges or changes in life. That stress may be focused on finances, family, health, our professions, and other aspects of our lives. Generally, the amount of stress is not so much the issue, but rather how well we can cope with the stress. </p> <p>We never know what someone is going through emotionally, even though they may look so composed on the outside.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>We are all human: Your boss may be dealing with a child who is struggling with depression; your pharmacist may have just been diagnosed with breast cancer; your neighbor may be having difficulties finding a way to pay rent; your colleague's daughter may be planning a wedding; or you may be about to launch your grown child, leaving you an empty nester.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>We often perceive that those around us are handling things so much better than we are.  Yet, they may be experiencing similar insecurities or challenges of confidence. Among college students, this is called the Stanford Duck Syndrome. It is a phenomenon where people are struggling to survive the pressures of a competitive environment, while trying to present the image of a relaxed, calm duck gliding across a fountain. Under the water's surface, and out of sight, that duck's feet are working hard to keep the duck afloat.</p> <p>The same is often true for ambitious individuals in the workplace. We don't discuss our anxiety riddled expectations, our imposter syndrome, our struggle to appear competent among our peers. Social media may also add to feelings of inadequacy as we tend to compare our lives to the carefully curated posts we see.</p> <p>It is important to accept that as humans navigating today's complex world, we may be imperfect.  We may have difficulty coping with obstacles facing us.  Afford yourself grace and space to be "good enough". If you are dealing with stressors in life that are impacting your ability to cope, it may be a very difficult time for you. For some additional psychological support, VUMC faculty and staff can call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 to make a free, confidential appointment with one of our counselors.</p> <h3>Additional Material</h3> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/stress-resilience" title="Stress Resilience">Stress Resilience</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?mc_cid=f81f927f01&amp;mc_eid=2b1c26ffad&amp;v=QCZCiZ0K57M&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank" title="I am Human: Transforming the Culture of Medicine">I am Human: Transforming the Culture of Medicine</a>   (produced by Stanford Medicine WellMD &amp; WellPhD)</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 16:32:01 +0000 harnessg 3575 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Politics: Be Informed but Not Obsessed https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/node/3571 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Politics: Be Informed but Not Obsessed</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/30/2024 - 14:24</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3571" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Politics: Be Informed but Not Obsessed"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are once again entering into an election year.  The political climate can be polarizing. For some, this is a time of invigoration as they support their candidates and positions. For others, they are riding an emotional roller coaster that is accelerating as they feel overwhelming anxiety. It is easy for "news junkies" to become obsessed with political pundits who sensationalize polls and projections to hook you into each story.   </p> <p>Psychologist Steven Stosny, Ph.D., coined the term "Election Stress Disorder" to describe the level of anxiety and obsession that many of us feel surrounded by in the tense and polarizing political climate. He noted that is hard enough to consistently use our "adult brain" (logic and reason) during non-election years, but that the chaos and emotional rhetoric in an election year makes it even harder. He shares, "Our 'toddler brain' (emotional, all-or-nothing, "Mine! No!") hijacks the 'adult brain', impairing its ability to take other perspectives, weigh evidence, see nuance, plan for the future, and create value and meaning. The 'toddler brain' is highly susceptible to emotional contagion; toddlers take on whatever negative emotions are around them, as any parent who has been tense or irritable near one can attest."</p> <p>These stressors impact our daily lives, but we generally have little control over the course of these "dramas and traumas". Thus, we must find ways to manage our distress and anxiety. Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, Manager of VUMC Work/Life Connections-EAP, suggests using these core techniques when we face the unknown in uncertain times:</p> <ol><li><b>Focus on what you have control over</b>. Politically, we can be informed, campaign, and vote.</li> <li><b>Limit media consumption</b> if it causes you distress: Reduce social media, news "doom-scrolling" and headline obsessions. Keep informed without being overly absorbed.</li> <li><b>Connect with those who give you support</b>. Ask them to avoid stressful topics when you need a break.</li> <li><b>Engage in calming techniques</b>: Meditation, strategic breathing, visualization, progressive relaxation, mindfulness, exercise, prayer, music, pleasure reading, or apps like <i>Calm</i>, <i>Headspace</i>, <i>Insight Timer, </i>or countless others.</li> <li><b>Remain hopeful</b>. We can overcome obstacles and challenges with planning, persistence, effort, and choosing the right strategies. We are more resilient than we think.</li> <li><b>Be a realistic optimist</b>. Don't resort to apocalyptic or end-of-the-world thinking.</li> <li><b>Embrace gratitude.</b> Appreciate moments of joy and kindness.</li> </ol><p>If you find yourself becoming overly anxious, clinically depressed, or struggling with how to cope, contact Work/Life Connections-EAP to set up a confidential appointment with one of our counselors by calling 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 30 Jan 2024 20:24:12 +0000 harnessg 3571 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Loving Someone with Seasonal Depression https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/node/3570 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Loving Someone with Seasonal Depression</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/30/2024 - 14:13</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3570" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Loving Someone with Seasonal Depression"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Makenzie Parks, LCSW</p> <p>Whether you're the partner, family member, or friend of a person with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the winter months can bring challenges to the relationship. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically begins in the fall/winter and resolves during the spring/summer. Symptoms of SAD include feeling depressed, acting withdrawn, lacking motivation, difficulty concentrating, and changes in sleep and eating habits. When a loved one has SAD, you might feel frustrated by their behavior or helpless and not know how to help.</p> <p>If you love someone with seasonal affective disorder, here are some tips to use during winter months:</p> <ul><li><b>Learn more about SAD.</b> Educating yourself about it and your loved one's experience can bring more compassion and understanding.</li> <li><b>Avoid being critical</b>. If you've never experienced seasonal depression, it can be difficult to understand. Remember that your loved one isn't choosing to feel this way.</li> <li><b>Ask them what helps</b>. SAD affects people differently. Your loved one might ask for practical things (such as to invite them on walks) or they might prefer emotional support and understanding.</li> <li><b>Take care of yourself.</b> Don't forget to set boundaries as needed. Remember: you can't be their only source of support. You can also encourage them to seek the support of a therapist.</li> </ul><p>Counseling services through Work/Life Connections-EAP are available to employees AND their spouses. If you or someone you love is experiencing seasonal depression, reach out to Work/Life Connections-EAP for support. Call 615-936-1327 to schedule a confidential appointment with one of our counselors.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 30 Jan 2024 20:13:37 +0000 harnessg 3570 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness How to Identify and Overcome a Moral Injury https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/node/3569 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Identify and Overcome a Moral Injury</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/25/2024 - 08:32</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3569" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to How to Identify and Overcome a Moral Injury"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Natalie Dodd, LCSW</p> <p>Overwhelm, burnout, empathy fatigue… Do I have your attention yet?</p> <p>Have you felt these things over the last year, month, week? If the answer is yes, what if you are experiencing a moral injury that is driving these stress responses?</p> <p>First, let me define moral injury. A moral injury is when we are unable, for some reason or another, to live within our values.</p> <p>Try this journaling exercise to see if you are experiencing a professional or personal moral injury.</p> <ol><li>Identify your professional (or personal) values.</li> <li>How are you upholding these values? How are you in balance with these values?</li> <li>How are you out of balance in these values?</li> </ol><p>If you find through this exercise that you are, in fact, experiencing a moral injury, consider journaling the answers to these questions to help work through it:</p> <ol><li>Identify one value that feels the most out of balance.</li> <li>What are the internal and external struggles in upholding this value?</li> <li>Is there a way that self-compassion can help you overcome some of these obstacles?</li> <li>How can you support yourself in the reality of the inability to completely live in alignment with your values? Do you need extra support?</li> <li>What words of kindness can you share with yourself?</li> </ol><p>A friendly reminder:</p> <ul><li>Sometimes the problems and struggles are bigger than us.</li> <li>We are all imperfect human beings.</li> </ul><p>If this is something you are experiencing or if you could use some tools and tips to better support a partner or loved one experiencing these symptoms, please call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 to schedule your free and confidential appointment with one of our counselors.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 25 Jan 2024 14:32:19 +0000 harnessg 3569 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Devastating Storms & Emotional Trauma https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/devastating-storms-emotional-trauma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Devastating Storms &amp; Emotional Trauma</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/11/2023 - 09:33</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3557" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Devastating Storms &amp; Emotional Trauma"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>by Jim Kendall, LCSW</p> <p>The devastating storms, tornados, and loss of life in our city fill our hearts with sadness and an initial feeling of helplessness.<span> </span>Those who have experienced similar trauma from previous disasters, including floods, tornados, derechos, fires, and other tragedies, may have been re-traumatized, even if they were sparred the anguish this time. The mind and body experience the emotional reaction as trauma.</p> <p>Individuals who lost family, friends, or homes may still be working through the natural grieving process by acknowledging and recognizing the emotions that resurface. Feelings of anxiety or fear of recurrence are normal, especially when inclement weather events are predicted in the future. Here are five reminders of the emotional impact of such events:</p> <ol><li>Not everyone will experience the same feelings, even if they experienced the same event.</li> <li>You may experience intrusive images and feelings when you least expect it.</li> <li>Emotional distress, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, sleep disorder, and suicidal ideation have been reported as mental health problems experienced by victims after storms and other severe weather events.</li> <li>It may help you to take some action to regain a feeling of contribution and control. Help others by volunteering to help clean up or donating to local assistance organizations.</li> <li>Be informed, but not obsessed.</li> </ol><p>Take some moments to reflect upon the experience and credit yourself for your resilience to have endured this hardship. If you are finding that memories of this or previous storms, tornados, or other losses have challenged your usual coping abilities, call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 and make a confidential appointment to meet with one of our counselors in our offices or virtually.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=203" hreflang="und">Crisis</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 11 Dec 2023 15:33:15 +0000 harnessg 3557 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Saying Goodbye to a Friend https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/saying-goodbye-friend <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Saying Goodbye to a Friend</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/06/2023 - 08:52</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3553" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Saying Goodbye to a Friend"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jim Kendall, LCSW</p> <p><img align="right" alt="Saying Goodbye to a Friend" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/wlc/wlcSayingGoodbyetoaFriend.jpg" class="align-right" /></p> <p>I had to say goodbye to my friend. Many of us have lost friends, co-workers, spouses, parents, siblings, and children. My loss was my five-year-old canine companion, Gibbs. He fought the good fight, but cancer was stronger than the chemotherapy and our hopes for miracle cures. He stopped eating, got weak, and told us that it was time to let him go. I am so very sad, but so very grateful for the years of his love. <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/coping-loss" title="Grief and mourning">Grief and mourning</a> is a normal part of the human experience.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”  Helen Keller</em></p> </blockquote> <p> Like those of you who have also lost loved ones, I am left with my grief and memories. I must learn new routines. I will no longer have a wagging tail to urge me to take him for a walk or to stop and inspect each pile of freshly raked leaves. I will miss him following me wherever I go and greeting me with such glee whenever I walk through the door. He will always be in my heart.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross</em></p> </blockquote> <p>I will need to find new habits and a new focus that honors him by moving forward, but never forgetting him. When friends ask, I will still talk about him, be grateful for all that I learned from him, and smile as I remember.</p> <p>If you are dealing with grief and loss, it may be a very difficult time for you. For some additional psychological support, VUMC faculty and staff can call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 to make a confidential appointment with one of our counselors.</p> <p>Other resources:</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/what-do-i-say-when-someone-grieving" title="What Do I Say When Someone is Grieving?">What Do I Say When Someone is Grieving?</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-news-worklife-connections/are-you-really-doing-ok" title="Are You Really Doing OK?">Are You Really Doing OK?</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/grieving-never-forgotten" title="Grieving: Never Forgotten">Grieving: Never Forgotten</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 06 Dec 2023 14:52:20 +0000 harnessg 3553 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Calm Your Mind with the Practice of Grounding https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/calm-your-mind-practice-grounding <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Calm Your Mind with the Practice of Grounding</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/17/2023 - 08:31</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3550" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Calm Your Mind with the Practice of Grounding"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Makenzie Parks, LCSW</p> <p>It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we experience heightened emotion. We might be feeling anxious, panicked, or upset. When our emotions feel out of control, one effective way to calm our minds is to use the self-soothing exercise known as grounding. The mental health practice of grounding helps us to get out of our head and refocus us on what is happening in the present. We can do this using the five senses.</p> <p>Here are basic instructions for grounding. First, pause for a moment and notice your surroundings. Next, find:</p> <ul><li>Five things you can see</li> <li>Four things you can touch</li> <li>Three things you can hear</li> <li>Two things you can smell</li> <li>One thing you can taste</li> </ul><p>As you open your senses, try to focus your attention on each sensation. Notice how this simple exercise helps you return to the present moment and calm your mind. The next time you feel overwhelmed by emotion, try this exercise. Even if you can only do an abbreviated version (focusing on 3 things you can hear) it can help!</p> <p>If you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more tips for managing anxiety and panic, reach out to Work/Life Connections-EAP for support. Call 615.936.1327 to schedule a confidential appointment with one of our EAP counselors.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 17 Nov 2023 14:31:57 +0000 harnessg 3550 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Grat-i-tude https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/grat-i-tude <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grat-i-tude</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/06/2023 - 12:47</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3547" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Grat-i-tude"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>by Megan Bergfeld, LCSW</p> <p>In tumultuous times like these, negativity, fear, anxiety, and depression are common. Our view of humanity gets skewed. The world starts to feel so very dark. But, good things still exist. A daily gratitude practice can help us turn the light back on.</p> <p>What is gratitude? “The quality of being thankful.”</p> <p>An internet search for “psychological benefits of gratitude” yielded 15,200,000 results. Clearly, this is a topic of interest for the wellness industry, and for good reason. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” (as one of my elementary teachers called it) can have positive effects on individual well-being, overall happiness, relationships, and our physical health.</p> <p>There are many ways to practice gratitude. It starts by noticing the people, places, or things in our lives that keep us moving – anything, big or small. A common exercise is to write down 3 things you are grateful for every day – keep a journal, a note in your phone, a “gratitude wall” covered in post-it notes (my personal favorite), whatever floats your boat. Write them down and say “thank you” to each one.</p> <p>Thanksgiving season is a great launchpad for this, but don’t stop there. The key is consistency. The more we practice looking for the good, the easier it is to find.</p> <p>Today I am grateful for my kids, changing leaves, and coffee. How about you?</p> <p>Would you like support developing your own gratitude practice? Call Work/Life Connections – EAP to schedule your free and confidential appointment today at 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 06 Nov 2023 18:47:11 +0000 harnessg 3547 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Preparing for the Holidays https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/preparing-holidays <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preparing for the Holidays</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/06/2023 - 12:44</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3546" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Preparing for the Holidays"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The holiday season is upon us. Many of us feel the stress involved in planning celebrations, getting together with family and friends, and buying that special gift. If the holidays tend to be a time of stress for you, here are a few ways to reduce your level of stress, and still have a “Happy Holiday” to remember:</p> <ol><li><em><strong>Have Realistic Expectations</strong></em>: Even though time with family may be something you’re looking forward to, every family has its challenges. Remember that a holiday gathering may not be the time to sort out concerns, such as blended family conflicts or political differences. There is no such thing as a “perfect” family, so don’t expect that everything will sort itself out just because it’s the Holidays. Try to table any tense discussions for another time.</li> <li><em><strong>Have A Plan</strong></em>: Make a list of your priorities for the season and try not to deviate from this plan. Too often, we become stressed because we don’t make time for the things that matter most and become caught up in trying to make it “all” happen.</li> <li><em><strong>Keep Your Finances On-Track</strong></em>: The joy of giving isn’t about the amount of money we spend, but the sentiment and intention behind the gift. Consider giving your loved ones…and your wallet…the gift of time and togetherness. It doesn’t cost much to make a thermos of hot chocolate and take a walk to look at holiday lights around the neighborhood, instead of shopping frantically for that hard-to-find gift that strains your budget.</li> <li><em><strong>Remember Self-Care</strong></em>: You matter. It’s tempting to let the business of the holidays take the place of a focus on intentional self-care. Take a mindful walk, a long shower, or listen to music. And don’t forget how important it is to get a good night’s sleep!</li> </ol><p>If the holiday season becomes too overwhelming, Work-Life Connections is here for you.</p> <p>Don’t go it alone! Call Work-Life Connections-EAP to schedule an appointment at (615) 936-1327.</p> <p><em><strong>If you, or someone you know, is having overwhelming thoughts of sadness or anxiety, or is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 9-8-8 or the TN Mobile Crisis Center at 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471). </strong></em></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=203" hreflang="und">Crisis</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 06 Nov 2023 18:44:27 +0000 harnessg 3546 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Winter is Coming... https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-worklife-connections-resource-articles/winter-coming <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Winter is Coming...</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news-worklife-connections?cat=164" hreflang="en">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mcgownpw</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/24/2023 - 12:39</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3541" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Winter is Coming..."> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>For some of us, the reprieve of cooler weather is a welcome change from the summer heat. But for others, there may be a sense of dread as we transition into the darker, cooler months. The question this writer has for those who struggle with winter blues is, “what can you do now to better support yourself this winter?”</p> <p>First, let’s define seasonal affective disorder as it relates to winter blues. Terako Amison, MD, Medical Director, Work/Life Connections-EAP, defines this in a 2018 article as, “We generally think of the winter blues as depression that starts or gets worse in the fall or winter and improves in the spring or summer."  </p> <p>Some of the symptoms that can be associated with depression are changes in sleep or appetite.”  If this description hits home for you or someone you know, maybe give these coping strategies a try this year.   </p> <ul><li> <p>Add a Light Box or “happy light” to your space.</p> </li> <li> <p>Establish healthy sleep habits to decrease any disruptions (i.e., sleeping too much or too little).</p> </li> <li> <p>Nutrition - Be mindful if there are tendencies to overeat and/or increase intake of comfort foods. This may be an opportunity to try a delivery meal kit.</p> </li> <li> <p>Hydrate!</p> </li> <li> <p>Body movement - It may be difficult to start an exercise routine during the cooler months, so it's important to initiate a healthy routine when you are feeling more motivated.    </p> </li> <li> <p>Slower months may be a wonderful time to try self-soothing coping tools: reading, knitting/crocheting, cooking, mindfulness/mediation, journaling, yoga, adult coloring books, aromatherapy, calming noises… what others can you think of?    </p> </li> </ul><p>VUMC faculty and staff who may be experiencing symptoms of seasonal depression can call 615-936-1327 to schedule a free, confidential appointment with a Work/Life Connections-EAP counselor.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 24 Oct 2023 17:39:47 +0000 mcgownpw 3541 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Coping with Tragedy in the Middle East https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/coping-tragedy-middle-east <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Coping with Tragedy in the Middle East</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/12/2023 - 09:15</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3539" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Coping with Tragedy in the Middle East"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The death, kidnapping, destruction, and terror due to recent events in Israel, Gaza, and the impact on the entire the Middle East region fills us with sadness. Many of our VUMC colleagues have family and friends in the region. They may be traumatized at what they see and hear, yet feel powerless to do anything but hope and pray. We try to make sense of that which is senseless and irrational. There is immense pain, heartache, and suffering yet there is also resilience.</p> <p>How do we cope with such chaos, devastation, and destruction? There's a feeling of being totally overwhelmed, hopeless, and helpless. Emotionally, the psychological impact is to feel trauma, fear, and terror. It is hard to get a handle on how to re-gain a sense of control and predictability. We want to find a solution to this complex cultural problem.</p> <p>Traumatic events, including the aftermath, invoke the most basic threat--that of survival, notes author and psychologist Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, Ph.D. in her book "Shattered Assumptions". There are occasions when we are forced to recognize the risk and real possibility of the randomness of events and the fragility of our own mortality. Trauma can produce symptoms in individuals including anxiety, fears, depression, nightmares, nausea, memory loss, identification with the victims, flashbacks, fear of repetition, fatigue, and problem-solving difficulties. While these can be a normal response to such an abnormal situation, it remains profoundly distressing.</p> <p>"We often are triggered by the similarity of these events to the commonalities in our own lives," notes Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP. "To cope with this requires incredible courage and resilience." If you or a colleague are having difficulty coping, here are some things you can do:</p> <ul><li>Listen to others and validate the feelings that you have.</li> <li>Focus on the things you have control over.</li> <li>Reflect on the fact that at the moment, you are safe.</li> <li>Prioritize your own self-care.</li> <li>Seek support from friends, colleagues, or a professional if your distress begins interfering with your function, your work, or your relationships.</li> </ul><p>Please be kind to each other. This may be a very difficult time for you. For some additional psychological support, VUMC faculty and staff can call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615- 936-1327 and make a confidential appointment to meet with one of our counselors.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=203" hreflang="und">Crisis</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 12 Oct 2023 14:15:26 +0000 harnessg 3539 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness How to Support your Peers Through a Tragic Event https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/how-support-your-peers-through-tragic-event <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Support your Peers Through a Tragic Event</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/03/2023 - 13:50</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3537" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to How to Support your Peers Through a Tragic Event"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When a colleague is impacted by an unanticipated outcome or challenging case, one of the ways they can receive emotional support is through <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/peer-support-programs-vumc" title="Peer Support Teams">Peer Support Teams</a> within a workgroup. The purpose of these teams is to designate trained peers to reach out proactively and touch base with a clinician after a they have dealt with a difficult clinical event. The goal is not to address the event itself but rather to focus on the well-being of the clinician and to share with them about VUMC resources that are available to help, such as Work/Life Connections-EAP.</p> <p>If you are interested in joining or starting a Peer Support Team, the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/vwell-supporting-system-innovations-empower-well-being" title="VWell">VWell</a> Program, out of the Faculty and Physician Wellness Program of Work/Life Connections, partnered with current peer support champions to create a training curriculum to provide skills training for interested peer supporters. There are also on-demand training modules.</p> <p>When there are situations that impact the emotional well-being of workgroups beyond Peer Support Teams, Work/Life Connections-EAP provides facilitated <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/critical-incident-stress-management" title="Critical Incident Stress Management">Critical Incident Stress Management</a> debriefing discussions. To schedule a Critical Incident Stress Management debriefing or for more information on the support services available, reach out to Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=203" hreflang="und">Crisis</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=204" hreflang="und">Critical Incident Stress</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 03 Oct 2023 18:50:27 +0000 harnessg 3537 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Processing Through Suffering https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/processing-through-suffering <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Processing Through Suffering</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/03/2023 - 09:01</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3536" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Processing Through Suffering"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Natalie Dodd, LCSW</p> <p>One thing I can say with absolute certainty, is that in life, every single person will experience suffering in one way or another. Even so, each person’s experience in suffering is unique. Overwhelming experiences can alter the relationship you have with the world, changing your fundamental definition of safety.</p> <p>Such experiences imprint themselves within the mind, body and brain creating patterns of fear and worry. It is important to recognize when the threat becomes perceived and is separate from actual danger. If this distinction is not recognized, it can change how we think, what we think about, and our very capacity to think.</p> <p>For concrete change to happen, the mind, body, and brain must learn that the danger has passed and to ground in the reality of the present moment. Sounds simple, right? Probably not. One of the best things you can do for your nervous system if you have experienced persistent suffering is to find a space you find safe and comforting and maybe repeat the phrase, “I am uncomfortable, but I am not unsafe”. But, the most important step is to reach out for support!</p> <p>If you would like additional tools or to talk to one of our team members, call the EAP office at 615-936-1327 to schedule your free and confidential appointment today.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 03 Oct 2023 14:01:29 +0000 harnessg 3536 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Depression Awareness Month: Support if You are Struggling https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/depression-awareness-month-support-if-you-are-struggling <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Depression Awareness Month: Support if You are Struggling</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/03/2023 - 08:57</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3535" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Depression Awareness Month: Support if You are Struggling"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Natalie Dodd, LCSW</p> <p>October is deemed as “spooky month” which may represent a multitude of meanings to each of us. To some it may be their favorite month of the year, with a crispness to the air and an overflowing of pumpkin spiced everything. To others, though, it may be a reminder of past ghosts we cannot run from.</p> <p>October is Depression Awareness Month, and it comes as a reminder that some may be needing extra support. This is a time to reflect and reach out for care and support if you are struggling mentally.</p> <p>Here are a few depressive symptoms to be aware of: low motivation, decreased enjoyment in previously enjoyable activities, over-sleeping, increased negative thoughts, productivity issues, increased crying spells, suicidal thoughts, irritability, or dysphoric mood and affect, as well as appetite changes, to name a few.</p> <p>If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and would like to speak with one of our team members for support and coping techniques, please call the EAP office at 615-936-1327 to schedule your free and confidential appointment today.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 03 Oct 2023 13:57:04 +0000 harnessg 3535 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Simple Steps to Wellness https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/simple-steps-wellness <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Simple Steps to Wellness</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/20/2023 - 15:42</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3531" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Simple Steps to Wellness"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Makenzie Parks, LCSW</h3> <p>September is recognized as National Self-Care Month, focusing on managing stress, taking care of oneself, and promoting healthy routines. Self-care includes many aspects of wellness such as physical, mental, social health. This month, we encourage you to take time to assess how frequently you perform self-care activities and identify areas of your well-being that need more attention.</p> <p>Here are four simple tips to maximize your health and wellness:</p> <ol><li>Acknowledge the importance of caring for yourself. Healthcare workers can be guilty of putting everyone’s health before their own. We all need time and energy dedicated to our own well-being, so be sure to acknowledge your own needs.</li> <li>Make a personalized plan. Everyone is different and thus self-care should be individualized. Think about what specific activities make you feel rested or joyful, then plan to incorporate them in your routine.</li> <li>Start small. You don’t need to overhaul your schedule to increase your self-care time. Start by prioritizing 5 minutes per day. It’s amazing what even just 5 minutes of care for yourself can do.</li> <li>Take charge of your own well-being. Colleagues and managers can encourage self-care, but only you can make it happen!</li> </ol><p>If you would like to schedule an appointment to explore your health and wellness, reach out to Work/Life Connections-EAP for support. Call 615.936.1327 to schedule a confidential appointment with one of our EAP counselors.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 20 Sep 2023 20:42:03 +0000 harnessg 3531 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness When our Kids Hurt https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/when-our-kids-hurt <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">When our Kids Hurt</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/06/2023 - 14:02</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3529" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to When our Kids Hurt"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Megan Bergfeld, LCSW, ACM-SW</p> <p>Calling all fellow parental figures! How is back-to-school going for you and your kiddos? My 2nd grader was bummed going into the second week because “now we have to start doing work.” This made me giggle at first, but then I started thinking.</p> <p>I bet lots of children are nervous about the new year. Academic pressure, peer dynamics, “security drills,” planning for the future, etc., can get overwhelming and morph into emotional struggles like anxiety and depression. These feelings can manifest differently from child to child– perfectionism, withdrawal, meltdowns, you name it. These struggles can elevate the stress level in the home, which impacts everyone in it – including us. As much as it may pain us to admit it, we don’t always know how to help our kids.</p> <p>Hear me loud and clear: it is okay to ask for help. In fact, it is oftentimes best that we do. Building a support network that includes your child’s teachers, guidance counselor, and pediatrician is a good place to start.</p> <p>Sometimes more specialized support is warranted. VUMC has made it easier for health plan members to get behavioral health services for their children. Check out the new platform <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/news/vumc-launches-new-pediatric-mental-health-service-employee-dependents" target="_blank" title="Brightline">Brightline</a> and all the other options available through <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/system/files/news/Behavioralhealthservices.pdf" target="_blank" title="Aetna">Aetna</a>.</p> <p>When our kids hurt, we do, too. The counselors at Work/Life Connections-EAP are here to support you. Call 615-936-1327 to schedule your free and confidential appointment today.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=194" hreflang="und">Child Care</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 06 Sep 2023 19:02:01 +0000 harnessg 3529 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Grieving: Never Forgotten https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/grieving-never-forgotten <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grieving: Never Forgotten</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/25/2023 - 08:38</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3527" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Grieving: Never Forgotten"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img align="right" alt="Grieving: Never Forgotten" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/wlc/wlcGrievingNeverForgotten.jpg" class="align-right" />Grief is a natural human response to the loss of a loved one. Death is an inevitable end point and the circle of grief hits us in waves, moving in and out of emotional stages. The challenge of accepting death and dying as the end stage of life is what the grieving process is all about. </p> <p>While it is a normal response to any loss, grief can be very difficult to navigate by ourselves. We feel the loss of “how it used to be” and struggle to accept our current position.</p> <p>Grief is a complex amalgamation of thoughts, feelings, personal beliefs, and values. Many clients have described it as “a rollercoaster of emotions”. When complicated and/or unresolved, it has the tendency to produce depression, anxiety, and isolation.</p> <p>There is also “disenfranchised” grief. This is grief that is not usually openly acknowledged, socially accepted, or publicly mourned. These losses include the loss of a pet, the death of a fetus, loss of a body part, loss of a cognitive or physical abilities, personality change from dementia, and loss of a loved one who is not “blood related” (i.e. a childhood friend who is like a sibling, an intimate partner, in-laws).</p> <p>The good news is that grief can become more manageable given time, attention, and patience. When we allow others to assist us with our grieving, the effects are heartening. </p> <p>VUMC faculty and staff members who would like to help a grieving colleague may review our previous article, <i> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/what-do-i-say-when-someone-grieving" title="What Do I Say When Someone is Grieving?">What Do I Say When Someone is Grieving?</a></i>, or refer them to set up an appointment to talk confidentially with an EAP counselor at Work/Life Connections at 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=221" hreflang="und">Grief</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 25 Aug 2023 13:38:32 +0000 harnessg 3527 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Easing the Back-to-School Transition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/easing-back-school-transition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Easing the Back-to-School Transition</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/27/2023 - 15:48</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3525" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Easing the Back-to-School Transition"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Megan Bergfeld LCSW, ACM-SW</p> <p>If you’ve been to any major retailers recently, it is obvious that the school year is right around the corner. Crayons, backpacks, and dorm decorations abound! This time of year can stir up all kinds of emotions for parents and children alike, regardless of age. I would be remiss not to acknowledge the increased anxiety many of us are feeling given the events of the past couple school years across the country.</p> <p>First, let’s take a moment to express gratitude to summer. For the reset, adventures, family time – thank you! Now, let’s shift our focus to making the transition back to school as smooth as possible.</p> <ul><li><b>Return to your school-year routine sooner rather than later.</b> Don’t wait until the week of school to dust off the cobwebs. Sleep schedules, night-before prep, hygiene – get back in the groove at least a week before the first day.</li> <li><b>Allow your child (and yourself) to feel whatever they need to feel</b>. Consider prompting a conversation about this a week or two before school: “I’m kind of sad summer is over” or “How are you feeling about fifth grade?” Listen, empathize, and ask how you can support them.</li> <li><b>Celebrate! Generate excitement</b>. Turn your school supply shopping into a scavenger hunt. Make a fun breakfast or go for ice cream on the first day. For your college-age kid, encourage them to personalize their dorm room or send them a coffee gift card for their first week of classes.</li> <li><b>Get to know the people caring for your kiddos – teachers, principals, staff</b>. Learn their names. Read their bios. Send them a message during the first week of school introducing yourself. This helps increase communication throughout the year.</li> <li><b>Get involved</b>! If your schedule allows, prioritize attending school supply drop-off, open houses, or orientation events where you can see your child’s classroom or dorm. Sign up for newsletters. Follow the school on social media. School is where your youngster will spend most of their time over the next several months. Engagement helps turn the building into a community.</li> <li><b>Lastly, the most unpleasant piece – safety</b>. Remind your kids daily how much you love them. Encourage them to listen to their teachers and pay attention in their drills. Familiarize yourself with the safety plans – ask questions and advocate for change if necessary.</li> </ul><p>How are you feeling about your child going back to school this year? If you would like to talk about this more, the Work/Life Connections-EAP team is here to support you. Call 615-936-1327 today to schedule your confidential appointment.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=249" hreflang="und">Stress</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 27 Jul 2023 20:48:50 +0000 harnessg 3525 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness When Anxiety Interferes with Daily Living https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/when-anxiety-interferes-daily-living <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">When Anxiety Interferes with Daily Living</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/27/2023 - 15:33</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3524" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to When Anxiety Interferes with Daily Living"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Anxiety can be a way of responding to normal life events, or it can be a protective response to a threat. However, in its more extreme form, it can also interfere with daily living.<span style="font-family: calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">  </span></p> <p>In June 2023, the Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended an annual screening for anxiety, in addition to depression and suicide risk screenings, for adults 18-64.<span style="font-size: 11pt;">  </span> <span style="font-size: 11pt;">You can take your own an </span> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/service-articles-worklife-connections/anxiety-self-assessment" style="font-size: 11pt;" title="Anxiety Self-Assessment">Anxiety Self-Assessment</a> if you feel you may be at risk. <span style="font-size: 11pt;"> </span></p> <p>Additionally, here are some ways to learn about and combat anxiety:</p> <ol><li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/anxiety" title="Learn">Learn</a> about the various kinds of anxiety.</li> <li>Join in one of the Health Plus <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news/mindful-breaks" title="Mindful Stretch Breaks">Mindful Stretch Breaks</a>.</li> <li>Watch WLC-EAP's brief <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles-blog/mindfulness" title="Mindfulness Videos">Mindfulness Videos</a>.</li> <li>Take advantage of the other <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/online-screening" title="Online Screenings">online screening</a> options available though the Health and Wellness Portal.</li> <li>If you are a VUMC faculty or staff member and are experiencing concerns with anxiety, you can call Work/Life Connections – EAP at (615) 936-1327 for a free, confidential assessment.</li> </ol></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 27 Jul 2023 20:33:22 +0000 harnessg 3524 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness July 2023 Connection Newsletter https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/july-2023-connection-newsletter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">July 2023 Connection Newsletter</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=136" hreflang="und">Health and Wellness</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/03/2023 - 15:22</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3522" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to July 2023 Connection Newsletter"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health &amp; Wellness</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="position:relative;padding-top:max(60%,326px);height:0;width:100%"><iframe allow="clipboard-write" allowfullscreen="true" sandbox="allow-top-navigation allow-top-navigation-by-user-activation allow-downloads allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-modals allow-popups-to-escape-sandbox allow-forms" src="https://e.issuu.com/embed.html?d=july_2023_connection_newsletter_vumc&amp;u=vumcwellness" style="position:absolute;border:none;width:100%;height:100%;left:0;right:0;top:0;bottom:0;"></iframe></div> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 03 Jul 2023 20:22:41 +0000 harnessg 3522 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness