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The Zone, Vol 43: Priorities; The Importance of Self-Care

by The ParaDocs

January 25, 2021

The Zone Weekly with paraDocs

Is self-care a priority for you?

In Volume 43 of this guest series, psychotherapist Dr. Francis L. Battisti and nutritionist Dr. Helen Battisti explain why we need to make caring for ourselves the primary concern over simply functioning.

For over 10 years, they have worked closely with us on aging concerns and have presented many webinars and in-person workshops. Their newsletter, The Zone, is a weekly mental health and nutrition tip sheet during times of change.

As the weeks of the new year continue, more of us may be discussing moving forward to the “next normal.”  We are starting to hear about students going back to school, in person.  Employers are discussing bringing workers back to company offices.  The airlines are projecting an uptick in leisure time travel. Restaurants are making additional renovations to accommodate more traffic and more major movie theatre chains are reopening after closing their doors last spring.  While this may be an exciting time for many people, it can also be a stressful time that can increase anxiety for others.

For those of us experiencing increased anxiety around moving forward, it is important to minimize our mind’s chatter by realizing that you still have choices and options.  We all move at our own pace and there is no one way to do transitions.  In last week’s, The ZONE, we suggested that going too fast, the gulp response, may not be the ideal for all of us.  This week we are suggesting that if you are not ready to begin re-engaging with the world, that you go at your own pace.  If, however, you find that you are not able to move forward at all, and you think you want to, you may want to consider seeking the services of a licensed mental health professional to help you begin to take your next step.

During this time of numerous transitions, the need to care for self is primary to ongoing functioning.  Another way to view this time of transitions is that you can be stuck with your old ways of coping or you can begin creating and developing new strategies to create the future that you want.

Key Takeaways
  • As the next normal evolves, our possibilities will expand.
  • During times of transition, it is not unusual to experience higher levels of anxiety.
  • As always, now is the time for self-care.
  • Moving too fast or too slow may not be the best option.
Best Practices
  • Engage in healthy practices that balance you: quality sleep, adequate fluids, balanced nutrition, and natural movement.
  • Connect with trusted family members and friends.
  • Seek professional counseling when needed.
Things to Limit
  • Excessive social media and news coverage.
  • Junk food and alcohol.
  • Internal chatter.

In summary, transitions can generate some of the best and some of the worst feelings in all of us.  Realizing that we all have choices and options that can assist with our navigation through these challenging times is important to keep in mind.  As our communities continue to create the next normal, it is key to our success to work together in supporting each other.

Quote of the Week

“Do what you can, with what you got, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

About the author 

The ParaDocs

The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P. and Chief Academic Officer and, Dr. Helen E. Battisti, PhD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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