May 22, 2020

1] Support for Healthcare Providers Coping with the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is taxing the human, material and financial resources of individuals, communities and countries around the world. This unprecedented public health crisis is impacting every aspect of daily life, but the toll on healthcare professionals in particular is immense.

There are many tips and resources to help caregivers find information they need to continue supporting each other and caring for themselves during this extremely difficult time on The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare website.

The Schwartz Center’s mission to put compassion at the heart of healthcare holds true no matter how extraordinary or difficult the circumstances. 

Caring for Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing Health Care Workers’ Stress (The Schwartz Center)

2] COVID-19: Stress and Coping (CDC)

This article from the CDC provides general tips as well as coping strategies for emergency responders and ways to reduce secondary traumatic stress reactions:

– Acknowledge that secondary traumatic stress can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
– Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
– Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
– Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
– Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
– Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.
– Seek additional information about stress management for first responders from the Disaster Technical Assistance Center(SAMHSA)

May 15, 2020

Be sure to check out AAFP’s Focus on Well Being page dedicated to family physicians. This site is full of content and includes inspiring stories from fellow family physicians, blogs, AAFP news coverage and tools.

Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body.

May 8, 2020

1] Mental Health of Healthcare Workers Podcast 

In this podcast, The Happiness Lab host, Dr. Laurie Santos of Yale, talks to doctors on how they cope with isolation and lack of self-compassion. They explore doctor’s mental space as they explore advocacy in crisis, meditation, courage and more. See how here.

2] Physicians Support Line

Support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 1, 2020

Mental Health

During this time it’s emotionally difficult for everyone and physicians are not exempt. Mental Health First Aid has a website full of articles available that are specific to COVID-19 and mental health; relevant for anyone including physicians, family & friends and patients.

Another source for now and anytime you may want to consider is an app to help routinely practice mindfulness and medication.  Check out Headspace, an app that teaches you how to meditate. Headspace is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US. healthcare professionals working in public health settings during the crisis.

Be gentile with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.

April 24, 2020

Four principles for handling stress during a crisis

In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 public health emergency, stress can be heightened by a number of factors. AAFP offers advice for physicians to address their stressors and support their own well-being in the midst of a pandemic in this week’s AAFP FPM Journal blog:

“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.”

-Cecilia Tran

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