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Sharing Our Feelings With Our Network

Taking a Moment: Mindful ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

Welcome to another, taking a moment of time to remind ourselves that we're all in this together and we need to take care of ourselves and each other. Today, I want to talk to you about how we share our feelings with our network, either our actual social network online or our social network in real life, and how we do that without scaring people or without violating HIPAA. One of the things that we keep talking about is the power of human connection. But, what do you do when your human con [...]

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Remembering When

Taking a Moment: Mindful ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

With all of our talk about staying present, and we have talked about that a lot, that's like a psychiatry, psychology thing, there are times when our current present is so surreal and so out of the ordinary that we need to reflect back on a time that's more stable and that's more comfortable to us. And, that's when you can think back to those times and compare them to the current reality. I'll give you an example. Remember when we could feel like we just wasted surgical ma [...]

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What it Feels Like When Control is Not Present

Taking a Moment: Mindful ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

I've talked with you before about the way that the brain processes trauma and the importance of the frontal lobes to manage emotion and fear response. This time I want to talk to you briefly about what it feels like when that control is not present. I call this the syndrome of frontal lobe offline. Basically, you can see this in yourself when you've been stressed at work or you haven't had enough sleep. You're quicker to anger, you're more impulsive. You might say the thin [...]

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How Trauma, Adversity Impact the Brain

Taking a Moment: Mindful ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

Today I get to talk to you about how the brain is affected by adversity and trauma. Now, this is one of my most favorite topics and I've been told by communications that I can't go into the great detail that I would love to go into this because I got to get this done quickly. Here we go. As humans, we are designed to maintain basically a status quo. This is called our homeostasis. For example, your temperature is 98.6. If it goes up, you regulate it, and it comes down. If it goes down [...]

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Handling Sticky Situations

Taking a Moment: Mindful ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

Today I want to talk to you about a sticky situation we often find ourselves in, or at least I find myself in. One of the challenges that we have being in healthcare is that we hear all of the different ways that this crisis affects society, and we know all the different ways that society can do something about it. We know that physical distancing is necessary. We know and we believe the science with regard to this. Well, we're not epidemiologists. We kind of get it, right? We understand [...]

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