In a time of crisis and fear, the best thing we can do for ourselves and our mental health is to focus on what we can control vs. what we cannot. As the management and therapist team of Resilience Lab, we want to be collectively there for you. This short memo details our views on how best to live through the current environment and contact us should you need any support.
Things that we have control of during #coronavirus:
How we follow the advice of governmental agencies (such as the CDC) and medical professionals.
Our hygiene: Wash our hands, Don’t touch our faces.
How we feed ourselves: Clean up our diet. Minimize eating fast food, sugar, refined carbs, and refined vegetable oils. Maximize eating vegetables, fiber, protein, healthy fats, and phytonutrients via a rainbow of colors. Take vitamin D. This maximises our immune system.
How we move our body: Get exercise. Get some rest. Spend time in nature. Spend time with the people you love. Choose the media you consume. Where you travel. How you relax. How we breathe.
Things that we do not have control of during #coronavirus:
How the government responds. How the media responds. How the stock market responds. Who gets infected, ill, or even dies.
What we are login at Resilience Lab to support you:
During the Covid-19 crisis we are offering a suite of 8 week support groups. You will find here the description of each support group, the schedule, and the enrollment status (participation is open for the town-hall meetings but limited to 10 per support group).
As news about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is unfolding in real-time, we are all especially vulnerable to burn-out and compassion fatigue. Here are our views on the situation, and how best to manage it.
1 – What you can do personally to keep healthy
- If you have not already, find out if you can still get a flu shot and get one annually.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds on a regular basis, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Cough into elbow. Disinfect your own space.
- Politely avoid physical contact in social settings, such as handshakes, hugs, kisses, or casual touches.
2 – What your Resilience Lab therapist will do to keep you safe
Our office hygiene
- We make liquid soap available so you can wash your hand on a regular basis.
- We clean and disinfect our spaces every day.
Our tele-therapy plan
- If you do not feel well, or out of an abundance of caution, we will hold teletherapy appointments with you.
- We can use Google Hangouts or Zoom that are simple to use and HIPAA-compliant.
3 – What you can do to manage anxiety in between sessions
Monitor medication supply chain updates:
- The FDA is monitoring possible medication supply chain disruptions.
- At-risk medications include heparin and antibiotics like penicillin, whose supply chains and production are 100% based in China.
- Speak directly with your pharmacist to understand if any of your prescriptions are at risk for supply chain disruption and what alternative medications may exist.
Limit news consumption to trusted outlets:
- The CDC and WHO are publishing daily updates.
- Major news outlets like NBC, CNN, NYTimes, and the Washington Post are publishing timely and well-reported articles.
Recommendations for managing anxiety:
- The number of reported cases will continue to increase as hospitals begin testing people. This is a good thing! We’re now able to track the spread of the virus.
- Understand your fear and identify what triggers your anxiety. Limit your news consumption to trusted sources and be wary of platforms like Twitter, which thrive on hype, fear, and misinformation and make it easy to get sucked in.
- Be prepared for the possibility of a voluntary quarantine. It’s always good to have a supply of shelf-stable foods on hand. Frequent hand-washing will decrease your likelihood of getting sick, not masks.
- Stick to your usual routine as much as possible, but be mindful of exposure risks. Staying indoors, unless under voluntary quarantine, can lead to feelings of isolation and increased stress.
- Managing anxiety and fears of the unknown.
Monitor changes to medication restrictions:
- Insurance companies are monitoring the situation and will ease up on prescription restrictions if and when deemed necessary.
- Speak directly with your pharmacist to understand your options around refills and expiration dates. Some medications also have conservative expiration dates that can be pushed out, while others are more stringent. It depends on the medication and the condition being treated.
4 – Additional reading
- Coronaviruses have been around for millennia. This strain is new (hence the “novel” in novel coronavirus) and we’re learning about it in real time. The podcast episodes hereand here do a nice job of providing fact-based summaries of the virus.
- The fatality rate is less than 2%and older adults are most at-risk. For the majority of the population, it will manifest as a bad flu.
- Tips for talking about COVID-19 to kids
- Information for parents and people who are pregnant
- Be mindful of racism and xenophobia. Coronavirus originated in China but is now a global outbreak.
5 – Call to action
- Call us at +1 833 775 6252 for any questions or contact your therapist if you want to switch your session into a tele-therapy.
The Resilience Lab management group and therapist team.