Starting March 18, 2020, we have been featuring a helpful post by many of the professionals associated with Privé-Swiss Wellness in which they share expert suggestions and tips to stay strong and well through this difficult time. They speak from their specific “wellness discipline” with our goal being to provide the public with a variety of different, “tried and true” tips for everyone to incorporate into our daily wellness routines. Our first article is from Joanna Crowell, Licensed Alcohol & Drug and Trauma Therapist. Any questions or if you wish to speak to any of the wellness professionals, visit www.priveswisswellness.com or call 860-767-7770. Stay well everyone and please share with your loved ones! Heidi
A Time for Heightened Addiction and Trauma Issues-Don’t Go It Alone
by Joanna Crowell, Licensed Therapist, Substance Abuse, Addiction and Trauma Specialist
The mental health landscape will be changing for many of us in the coming days and weeks. Those of us who are used to a certain level of social interaction will find ourselves without that connection. Many of us will experience an increase in alcohol and/or drug use. Some people will experience an exacerbation of anxiety or trauma symptoms, especially those of us who are already prone to these issues.
We are witnessing a level of fear, frustration and anger that can be unsettling. The media can provide helpful information, but it can also produce misinformation which leaves us feeling taxed, overwhelmed and confused about our current situation. If you suffer from PTSD you may notice that your symptoms are worsening. Some of us will try to escape these feelings with an increase in substance use.
This is a time when social distancing is encouraged so it is important to feel connected to one another. I encourage the use of Skype, Facetime and our media outlets to connect with friends and family. There are virtual online AA and NA meetings and phone line meetings. It is important to get enough sleep and exercise. It is important to take care of ourselves.
A licensed professional counselor and/or a licensed alcohol and drug counselor can help people eliminate or control troubling symptoms so that they can function better and increase a feeling of wellbeing and emotional stability. If you are experiencing negative anxiety symptoms or an increase in substance use, this is a very good time to engage in therapy. Emotional and physical self care can help us manage the disruption that this virus is causing in our lives. Through talk therapy you can work together with a professional to unpack your thoughts and feelings and restructure them to help you feel more stable and calm in this changing landscape.
Joanna Crowell sees clients at Privé-Swiss Wellness
Nourish Your Soul
by Ellen Wasyl , Life/Professional Coaching
Amidst the chaos of navigating the implications of COVID-19 is the opportunity to get back to basics. A time of pause, evaluation of priorities, and permission to process all of the many moving pieces thoughtfully.
The call to action to nourish your soul is priority one. In addition to getting good quality rest, hydration, and clean healthy meals, it’s likewise critical to get into a rhythm of deeper self-care.
If you’re hunkered in, make sure to connect with others in creative ways, move your body, stretch your mind, and spend extra time with a good book, your pets, taking a longer soak, building blanket forts with the kids, and doing more of anything else you love and can’t get enough of right now.
Ellen Wasyl is a life/professional coach and can be reached at Privé-Swiss Wellness Center 860-391-8840.
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Feelings are What They Are, But Does Not Mean it is Reality
by Sandy Daignault, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapist
If we were to apply the DBT philosophy to the current COVID-19 health crisis, our narrative would look something like this:
I want to avoid avoidable suffering. Perhaps, in the past, I would have been more reckless in regards to my health and wellness but I am trying to do differently now. I need to learn how to nurture and protect myself as an adult. My behaviors in regards to self care and self awareness with this health crisis need to temporarily change. Doing things such as washing my hands and following the suggestions of those around me are only meant to protect people. I need to remember that people are stressed out and worried when I find myself getting upset, irritated or annoyed. I need to be mindful of my tendency to panic or become frantic about things I cannot control. I can only do my part. I can and will still stay in touch with others by phone, text and email. If I do end up needing to be at home more, I will use this time to try some of the things I’ve learned to help me with my mood and wellness. I don’t like it but I accept it so I can manage it and stay well.”
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, also known as DBT, is a form of therapy that aims to teach practical behaviors and coping skills . DBT is taught by a clinically trained, licensed and certified psychiatric clinician. It is used in therapy to help clients increase the effectiveness of reaching their goals in their life. In DBT, the goal is to help the person manage and stabilize by building their own defined ‘Life worth Living’. One of the ways I explain it to my clients is to think about DBT as a way to distinguish feelings from facts, while consulting your innermost self, with wisdom and care. DBT is a process of learning and identifying important parts about who you are and then doing your best to live life by those standards. In applying DBT, there are no good and bad emotions- just information to consider. Feelings are what they are, they are all ‘ok ‘and come from somewhere, however, just because we feel a certain way, it does not make something actually true .
Sandy Daignault is a Dialectical-Behavioral Therapist who sees clients at Privé-Swiss Wellness