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In the midst of this catastrophe, you may experience disruptions of your sleep, appetite, work, fitness, and family life. Some days, you will wake up in a fog. You will wander around in your pajamas, and when you look up from your phone, it will be 3 p.m. You’ll have accomplished nothing and have missed your breakfast and lunch. Work and family commitments will be clawing at you, and you may start to panic.
Take heart. It is absolutely possible to salvage a disastrous day, even if you are in a crippling multiday slump. It is inevitable that everyone will have both good and bad days over the course of this pandemic, and it is absurd to compare the peaks and troughs. The sensible approach is to ride the wave, and work cooperatively with the psychological challenges that each day presents.
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No matter how small or severe the stressor, your body responds in the same way.
This leads to a rise in heart rate and blood pressure and, in turn, changes to almost every bodily system. This includes the immune system, digestive system, and brain.
Cortisol “can be beneficial in some circumstances, such as when it motivates you to complete your work on time,” notes Dr. Patricia Celan, a psychiatry resident at Canada’s Dalhousie University.
“Cortisol gets toxic in high doses over a chronic period of time,” Celan explains, adding that this is what leads to serious health issues.
To learn more and explore strategies to deal, read the full article.
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Note: This post deals with beliefs about body image that may be upsetting for some.
Execerpts from “Stress eating is life-affirming and can help us cope in troubled times”
Maybe you just had an extra couple of crackers. Or was it a couple of packets of crackers, or chocolate bars, or slabs of cheese? I dunno. There are a few things I do know though.
One, I know you are worthy of respect whatever you eat or don’t eat. However closely you match up to, fall away from, or waver around your own or someone else’s idea of what you should be eating or aiming for, or what you weigh, or how you should be coping/meditating/colouring in/managing your mood or otherwise responding to stress.
The second thing I know for sure is that I’m me and you’re you. And everything is connected. So I can know what works for me, and I can share what other people have found helpful, but only you can know if it’s useful for you just now.
You’re in distress so you eat, now you’re distressed because you’ve eaten. Friend, when we have been taught we are lesser because we ate our way through to survival using food for soothing or numbing or distracting or landing in or distancing from our body we have been taught the way to judgement. We have been taught a social script that ignores trauma. We have been taught to ignore the value and meaning of our own experience. We have been taught that some bodies and lives are more equal than others. We have been taught to deny our interconnection. We have learnt to think in a way that is oppressive and all this is wrong wrong wrong.
It’s ok to use food to get through. If eating like this, or other things you do, are a source of distress, how about we talk about expanding your options? Having a longer Comfort Menu to turn to can mean you’ve still got comfort eating and you’ve got more than comfort eating. Creating more choices can also mean fewer painful emotions to cope with, as you’re beating yourself up for how you cope less often.
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