Are you feeling tired? Overwhelmed?
Once associated with perfect vision, now, “2020” brings to mind stress, challenge and anxiety.
“Too much, too much, too much!” Too much information, too much change, too much chaos. The isolation of the lockdown, COVID-19 worries for ourselves, our families and our friends, the economy, the masks…..TOO MUCH! Clinical psychologists describe three psychological phases to how we respond to a crisis:
1. Emergency – You are in the battle and adrenaline is flowing. There is an urgency that creates energy, focus and productivity. Fast decisions, quick actions and good productivity.
2. Regression – Energy levels fade and the idea that “recovery” and “returning to normal” may be a long way off settles in our minds. We get tired, irritable, less productive and withdrawn without a sense of purpose. Regression is one of the mind’s ways to defend itself from confusion and insecurity - by retreating to an emotional comfort zone.
3. Recovery –Moving forward, not just getting by, becomes the focus as we set new goals and adapt to the reality of our situation. This takes inner strength and strategies to move forward and escape the rut of regression.
• First, pay attention and recognize whether you are displaying signs of regression.
• Focus on doing the things that will move you forward. Do not dwell on returning to normal. Set new goals.
• Maximize your personal safety. Masks matter! This is not about politics. Masks protect you, others and limit the spread of COVID-19. Yes… masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable. But we must do things for the goal of public safety that require us to make personal sacrifices. Wearing masks may save the life of someone you know!.
• Find joy in these trying times. Connect with friends and family in new ways (video chat, virtual game night, socially distanced picnic, front yard dance party, etc.). Learn something new - read a book, listen to a podcast or develop a new hobby.
• Believe that you and everyone will get through this. Help someone who is struggling even more than you are. That always lifts my spirit. Together, we will move forward to better times! ... See MoreSee Less
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These extraordinary times are an opportunity to do the things we’ve put off, to reach out to friends we’ve failed to stay connected to and to realign our daily activities with our life goals. Like my GPS says, we are all “recalculating....” so make good use of this time. It will not last long. ... See MoreSee Less
As we prepare for the lifting of “Stay at Home” recommendations from our State and Health Authorities, we want to assure our patients that we are planning changes to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff.
*We will be practicing “social distancing” in our waiting room.
*We will be asking that only patients enter our examination
rooms (family and friends should remain in their vehicles or
waiting room if space permits).
*We have masks and sanitizer for patient use.
*We are disinfecting all surfaces several times daily.
*We care about our shared public health responsibilities and
providing your eye care with both safety and compassion. ... See MoreSee Less