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Our Family Is Crazy
Cindy's Message

9.24.20
By: Cindy Lech
Date: September 24, 2020

How are you? I mean really, how are you? It’s a question that has brought people to tears in recent months.

2020 has been hard in so many ways – a pandemic that is keeping many friends and family separated, job insecurity, financial struggles, protests, childcare concerns, and now wildfires – to name a few. 2020 has been hard on therapy. Many therapists across settings have seen their hours decline and fewer jobs available.

With layer upon layer of issues that we are all dealing with to some degree, how do we stay mentally healthy, engaged, and maintain hope for the future?

As therapists, we know how to assess a situation, plan and set our goals – both at work and in our personal lives. We are good at taking control of difficult situations.

Then COVID-19 hit.

Make a plan in the era of COVID-19?  I can make a plan for dinner, but anything beyond that can lead to disappointment or frustration or both.

“The utter lack of predictability that comes with circa-2020 existence is an enormous and perhaps underacknowledged contributor to our frazzled mental health.” (Larry Dobrow in the Coronavirus Briefing August 12, 2020)

Often therapists are better at taking care of their patients than they are at taking care of themselves.  So, what self-care are you implementing into your life?

I’m reminded of the article from JoLynn Munro in the April Insider edition on coping strategies for mental health during the quarantine. Six months later, it’s worth a revisit.

How are you taking care of yourself? Which strategies are you using? My new COVID-19 hobby is doom-scrolling, but I would recommend taking a break from social media. Breathe (even if it’s only indoors until the smoke clears). Take a walk or go for a run. Try a new recipe. Seek out those things that fulfill you. Michael Maddaus, MD, a motivational speaker who promotes the idea of a “resilience bank account,” suggests focusing on the things you can control – sleep, exercise, and nutrition, along with a dose of meditation and self-compassion.

You could also take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program, which is a benefit to you as a part or full-time employee. It provides five counseling sessions for each new issue, and I’m sure most of us have one or two of those. Stress? Anxiety? Childcare and eldercare referrals, and financial services are also offered. You can access it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-750-1327 or MyRBH.com (enter access code: infinityrehab).

As therapists we’re good at instilling hope in our patients – to help them see a better tomorrow. Let’s all be hopeful that there will be effective treatments and vaccines in the not-too-distant future and remember that better days are ahead.

Lastly, THANK YOU for continuing to take care of our patients through all of this.


Cindy's Message 9.24.20

By: Cindy Lech
Date: September 24, 2020


How are you? I mean really, how are you? It’s a question that has brought people to tears in recent months.

2020 has been hard in so many ways – a pandemic that is keeping many friends and family separated, job insecurity, financial struggles, protests, childcare concerns, and now wildfires – to name a few. 2020 has been hard on therapy. Many therapists across settings have seen their hours decline and fewer jobs available.

With layer upon layer of issues that we are all dealing with to some degree, how do we stay mentally healthy, engaged, and maintain hope for the future?

As therapists, we know how to assess a situation, plan and set our goals – both at work and in our personal lives. We are good at taking control of difficult situations.

Then COVID-19 hit.

Make a plan in the era of COVID-19?  I can make a plan for dinner, but anything beyond that can lead to disappointment or frustration or both.

“The utter lack of predictability that comes with circa-2020 existence is an enormous and perhaps underacknowledged contributor to our frazzled mental health.” (Larry Dobrow in the Coronavirus Briefing August 12, 2020)

Often therapists are better at taking care of their patients than they are at taking care of themselves.  So, what self-care are you implementing into your life?

I’m reminded of the article from JoLynn Munro in the April Insider edition on coping strategies for mental health during the quarantine. Six months later, it’s worth a revisit.

How are you taking care of yourself? Which strategies are you using? My new COVID-19 hobby is doom-scrolling, but I would recommend taking a break from social media. Breathe (even if it’s only indoors until the smoke clears). Take a walk or go for a run. Try a new recipe. Seek out those things that fulfill you. Michael Maddaus, MD, a motivational speaker who promotes the idea of a “resilience bank account,” suggests focusing on the things you can control – sleep, exercise, and nutrition, along with a dose of meditation and self-compassion.

You could also take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program, which is a benefit to you as a part or full-time employee. It provides five counseling sessions for each new issue, and I’m sure most of us have one or two of those. Stress? Anxiety? Childcare and eldercare referrals, and financial services are also offered. You can access it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-750-1327 or MyRBH.com (enter access code: infinityrehab).

As therapists we’re good at instilling hope in our patients – to help them see a better tomorrow. Let’s all be hopeful that there will be effective treatments and vaccines in the not-too-distant future and remember that better days are ahead.

Lastly, THANK YOU for continuing to take care of our patients through all of this.

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© 2019 Avamere Family of Companies