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Working from home during a Pandemic

The last few months (feels like years) have been a series of constant changes in how we do pretty much everything. The biggest change for many is the new task of working completely from home during a pandemic. If you are like me, you never really planned to work from home ever! Being a therapist in-person work is what I have always wanted to do. I’ve spent many hours setting my office up to create the therapeutic space I feel is the most conducive to healing. But now, I’m lucky if I get to go into my office once a month, and I haven’t seen a client face to face in over two months.

My work/life balance has been blurred, with my boundaries needing to constantly change. Job stress is at an all-time high for most of my clients, and if I’m being honest was for me at first as well. So, how do we cope with working from home during a pandemic? Here are 10 tips to help.

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Job Stress During a Pandemic

If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve likely encountered some kind of job stress. Most of us aren’t in a position to choose our co-workers, our managers, or the leadership of our organization. Sometimes we don’t like projects or tasks we’re given to do. We can feel overqualified or underqualified – or that we’re just in the wrong job. Sometimes we find ourselves with a co-worker who isn’t pulling their weight or is unpleasant or uncooperative. We can feel unsupported by our manager, who may not truly understand what we have to offer or whom we may feel is underqualified for their job. Company leaders can make decisions that seem outright wrong to us, that go against our values, or that seem to elevate only them.

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Changing Careers in a Pandemic

There are many reasons people decide to change careers: boredom, burnout, having a career that wasn’t the right fit in the first place, the desire to try something new. . . Changing careers is far more acceptable today than it was even 10 years ago. It used to be that a career change on a resumé would prompt a hiring manager to raise an eyebrow, suspicious of the reasons behind the change. Now, career changes are so commonplace that they’re almost expected. One article I found suggested that folks change careers an average of 5-7 times in their working lifetime!

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Finding a Job During a Pandemic

Finding a job can be hard enough, but finding a job in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic can seem almost impossible. Many companies that are still open have implemented a hiring freeze, some are downsizing operations, and some have closed and may never re-open. Multitudes of folks have been laid off  and are now coping with job loss. If you’re one of those that needs to find a new job, do you have to just wait and sit idly by, frustrated, until the economy opens up again? Is there anything you can or should be doing right now to find a new job? As it turns out, there is.

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Coping with Job Loss

Why is job loss stressful? 

I’ve often heard the phrase “It’s just a job” thrown around, and while that may be true in some ways, a job can represent so much to us. It’s the way we pay our bills, provide for our families, have social interactions, and often forms much of our identity. Because of these things, losing a job can be extremely stressful. In the age of COVID-19, people are losing their jobs much more frequently, and often it is entirely unexpected, but there are some things you can do to help with the psychological coping with job loss.

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Life in the time of COVID-19

Life in the time of COVID-19

Everything is changing.

COVID-19 has only been circulating for a couple of months now, but it stands to change the way that people live all over the world.  We have arrived at life in the time of COVID-19. People are having to change the way they work, the way they socialize, often their whole life. Change is something that most people have difficulty with anyway, but how do you cope with SO much change in so little time. Here are 5 things you can do today and keep doing to make it through this tough time. Read more

Overcoming a Bad Therapy Experience

On Screen Bad Therapy Experiences

Have you ever noticed that every mental health professional in movies is the weirdest, most messed up character in the entire thing? The kind gentle therapist who suddenly starts screaming at his clients. The seemingly “normal” therapist who soon reveals that she believes every problem to be related to sex. The therapist who crosses all boundaries and ends up being more of a help-seeking friend than a help-giving therapist. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been watching something and thought, “yikes, that is a messed up therapist, and that is a very bad therapy experience.” Of course, these portrayals are primarily to add to the dramatic nature of the shows and movies they are part of, but I can’t help but think this has given the whole profession sort of a bad rap. If I wasn’t a therapist, and I had seen any one of these movies/shows, you could count on me to never share anything vulnerable with a counselor, let alone go anywhere near a therapist’s office. Read more

How Music Connects Us to Others

It was the summer of 1984. My older sister and I were 12 and 11, respectively. We awoke one morning and started making preparations for the afternoon. We secured every bit of makeup, hairspray, hair accessories, and trendy clothes and shoes that we had at our disposal. Our three neighborhood friends arrived in the early afternoon and we got started. We teased our hair, referencing magazine articles as needed, and got our clothes and makeup just right. We lined up our instruments – plastic tennis rackets for guitar and bass, a hairbrush microphone, a portable keyboard, and upside-down bowls for drums, with chopsticks for drumsticks. Soon, the moment arrived. We were ready. We took our places. And we became The Go-Go’s. Read more

Working from home during a Pandemic

The last few months (feels like years) have been a series of constant changes in how we do pretty much everything. The biggest …

Job Stress During a Pandemic

If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve likely encountered some kind of job stress. Most of us aren’t in a position to choose …

Changing Careers in a Pandemic

There are many reasons people decide to change careers: boredom, burnout, having a career that wasn’t the right fit in …