COVID-19: A Mindful Approach From Our Psychologists
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Wise words from the neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor. They suggest that even when we are suddenly thrown into chaos, we always maintain the freedom to choose our state of mind. And that the choice we make has powerful implications for our suffering and resilience…
MORE THAN BLISSFUL IGNORANCE
There’s a science behind choosing optimism in one form or another. Multiple studies show the positive impacts of gratitude on physical, psychological, and relational well-being (Emmons et al., 2019; Petrocchi & Couyoumdjian, 2016; Wong et al., 2018; Wood et al., 2008). Some of these repeated discoveries include less stress, less depression and anxiety, and increased feelings of social support, especially during life transitions.
But it’s about more than wishful thinking or blissful ignorance. The more we repeat certain thoughts and behaviours, the more our brains ingrain them (“neuroplasticity”). Basically, choosing a more positive way of thinking (or at least, not a catastrophic one) means we’re more likely to persist through adversity with greater ease over time.
WITH LOSSES COME GAINS
What could we possibly have to be grateful for amidst the multiple losses of freedom, power and control, routine and stability, health and safety, LIFE, and more? Could it be that we’ve gained an invaluable opportunity to finally. Slow. Down. On some level at least.
EMBRACE THE PAUSE
In a society that regularly keeps us busy, tired, distracted, and numbed, it’s easy to lose ourselves. Even without a pandemic many of us just go through the motions of life. We can become disconnected from our core values, needs, thought processes, emotions, and even our bodies. A psychologist can help clients re-establish a connection to these facets, promoting more conscious and balanced living, often through mindfulness-based practice.
Physical distancing has its unique challenges; we are, after all, hardwired for connection. It also has the potential to be a beautiful “reset” button, if approached from a place of graceful surrender. In some ways, we can engage in a simpler way of being without FOMO getting in the way.
We can more mindfully nurture our bodies, minds, and emotions. We can invest in our relationships with loved ones. The “social distancing” we are being called to do is, after all, more so “physical distancing”. We can tend to our living spaces and spend time in nature. We can reconnect with or re-evaluate our core values and beliefs, wants and needs.
We can embrace the pause that we so rarely grant ourselves permission to experience but is essential to healthy and happy living.
OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS CAN HELP YOU FIND HOPE
With this pandemic, we’re not being asked to put life on hold; we’re being challenged to adapt and engage with it in a new way. Invited to embrace the ambiguity, that is a defining characteristic of the human experience. This is living. Frankl (1984) proposes that the meaning of life, our purpose, is whatever we make it out to be. We buy what life is selling. When all else seems lost to us, we always hold the power to choose our perspective. If we can choose anything, why not hope? If you’re not sure how to do this, please connect with one of the Unstuck psychologists. We’d love to help!
Robin’s Message To You
If there’s one thing I want you to know, it’s that you can feel better. Currently, you might struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem or some other pattern. You’ve likely tried everything to feel better. But no matter what you do, the pattern comes back.
I take your search for help seriously, and I want you to have the best possible start. As the CEO and Lead Psychologist at Unstuck, I realize your time and money are important to you, which is why I’m proud to offer you a risk-free consultation with an Unstuck Psychologist. Simply come in for a full 50-minute consultation, and if you decide that you and the Psychologist aren’t a good match, then you don’t pay for the session!
Come in and see if we’re the right fit for you. Book your risk-free consultation with an Unstuck Psychologist and get started!
Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Stuckness. The Unstuck Psychologists Are Coming For You.
WHY YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT MATTERS
Our risk-free consultation is one full session, face-to-face, with one of Edmonton’s best psychologists. Here’s how it works: if you think that you and the psychologist aren’t the right fit, then your session is free! The idea of a risk-free consultation came from our CEO’s desire to do the right thing. You see, Robin’s a bit of a research nerd. Because of her nerdy-nature, she made a few discoveries about how to help clients achieve great results.
The first discovery, is that most people start to feel better between the time of making the first appointment and the end of the first appointment. Want to know how much better they feel? Seriously, you probably won’t believe it. Research says they feel 65% better! By the end of the risk-free consultation with your psychologist, you’re likely to be feeling a heck of a lot better. So, that’s something!
Secondly, research tells us that one big factor can predict how successful you’ll be in therapy. That one factor is how well you work together with your psychologist. Wild, right? The quality of the relationship between you and your psychologist is critical. In effect, the better the relationship, the more likely you’ll succeed. This does not mean that the relationship is always smooth and easy, in fact navigating bumpy parts together gives you the opportunity for change! Because the relationship between you and your psychologist is so important, we get your feedback every single session. We do everything possible to help you achieve your goals.
Take The First-Step
It’s because of the importance of the first session and having a good relationship with your psychologist, that the risk-free consultation exists. It’s our way of honoring your first-step towards change, and helping you to feel better faster. Really, there’s not much downside here. See for yourself.
“The past continues to shape present experience and influences future actions”
Daniel Siegel, MD
NOT SURE HOW A PSYCHOLOGIST CAN HELP?
Oh, Let Us Count The Ways!
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