Family dinners over Zoom. Learning how to use grocery delivery apps. Cancelled vacation getaways. This isn't the summer most of us had planned!When life is full of changes, you want your health in trustworthy hands. The Everett Clinic, part of Optum, is serious about providing extra support to cope with the unexpected. We continue to offer: A variety of virtual care options and home visits Proactive outreach to members at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 A free app (Vivify) to track vitals and symptoms for... Read More
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With the PNW summer now on its final stretch and back to school right around the corner, many families and educators are feeling their anxiety skyrocket. Here are four tips you can use right now to help bring your anxiety back to earth.Get out of your head: Anxiety doesn’t start with thoughts; it starts with believing those thoughts. Try to make a conscious effort to not believe the thought and notice your anxiety gradually go away. After all, a thought is just a thought. Label, describe, and rate your anxiety: Take ownership of your anxiety and call it what it is. Then... Read More
As we watch the news, it seems that summer is not bringing what we thought was promised in late winter - the end of the pandemic. Cases are going up across the nation, instead of down. Summer, typically a carefree time, is instead strained by canceled vacations, worries the next school year, financial struggles, lost jobs and concerns about keeping well. The anxiety that was stoked months ago has proven to have some undying embers.
In my discussions with families at their checkups, the typical topics of eating, sleeping, development always come up, but now we inevitably meander... Read More
It’s easy to run out of things to fill your day while weathering the storm of social restriction. Routine keeps us grounded and give a sense of stability. Use this list of activities to add healthy routines to your day. Try to schedule 5-10 activities, write out your list and celebrate your accomplishments.
1. Accept today
2. See this time as an opportunity to create a few new healthy routines.
3. Make a schedule for the day or tomorrow (include active and passive activities)
4. Brainstorm ways to improve your career
5. Plan for your future
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Social isolation is tough and now during this pandemic, it’s become almost mandatory. You can’t go to your normal support groups. You can’t attend your counseling or doctor’s appointment. You can’t see your sponsor or friend. What you can do is choose how you respond to your substance urges.
Whether this is day one is your recovery or day 4,647, the world around us is causing additional stress and that’s difficult. Try these steps to help you through an urge to use.Surf the Wave
There is a wonderful therapy called Dialectal and Behavior Therapy (DBT). One of the skills in... Read More
Many of us are feeling anxious, confused, scared, lonely, anxious, sad, or whatever you may be experiencing – give yourself permission to feel whatever feelings you are feeling. It’s natural to have these and other feelings during this current time of uncertainty and upheaval.
It’s natural to experience a variety of thoughts and feelings during this time, including:Increased fear for your own health and your friends’ health Worry about deaths of your friends or your own death Increased feelings of vulnerability and helplessness due to age, etc Loss of sense of purpose and/... Read More
FACE COVID is a way to respond to the sometimes overwhelming flood of emotions you may experience in a crisis. Dr. Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, developed a simple reminder on what to do in those moments. After watching this brief video, try out the tips below and see what works for you!
F = Focus on what's in your control
There are things you can control (your actions, what you choose to focus on, your words) and things you cannot control (other people, the weather, what might happen in the future). You... Read More
Isolating yourself from your friends and family for weeks on end can have some serious mental health ramifications. No matter the age, boredom, and crankiness can be tough to beat when you’re stuck at home for days (or weeks) on end. Here are a few tips for parents who find themselves struggling to enjoy this extra family time.Re-connect family members.
Take 15 minutes for each child (or spouse) per day and allow them to pick a fun activity to do together. You have more time together anyway so you might as well use it for something good. During this time, no criticism or touchy... Read More
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to learn more about cancer involving the colon and rectum.Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer occurs equally among men and women. 75% of colorectal cancers are not associated with a family history. This year, 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed, and 56,000 people will die from this cancer. The mortality rate for colorectal cancer surpasses deaths from both breast and prostate cancer. ... Read More
Immunocompromised patients are those that have a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system means you may get sicker from an illness like COVID-19. Patients who are immunocompromised don’t have the same ability to fight infections and other diseases as those who don’t have a compromised immune system. Not everyone will get sick from COVID-19, but there are those with a higher risk of complications from COVID-19 if they do get it.Higher risk patients are those that are: Older adults (particularly over 60) Those with a specific disease or chronic condition such as cancer, heart... Read More
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