Work is a necessity in life. However, it can cause unneeded stress. Work environments that are unhealthy physically and mentally can cause stress in many employees. Dangerous and high risk jobs, or jobs with unforgiving deadlines, or even jobs that are repetitiously boring leaving the employee with little input can all cause stress. Furthermore, some careers or jobs can also cause what is known as work depression. Work depression differs than work stress in that the reaction within the body and mind is a more constant state and does not release after the stressor is absent.
The article, “Work Depression: How to Take Care of Your Mental Health on the Job” from Healthline takes a closer look at work depression and its causes and how to better deal with it. The article states,
“If you feel depressed when working, you’re not alone. Sadness, anxiety, loss of motivation, difficulty concentrating, unexplained bouts of crying, and boredom are just a small sampling of the things you may be feeling if you’re experiencing depressive symptoms at work. Depression impacts over 17 million American adults each year.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four certification as a Grief Counselor.
Ethical Wills in the past have left detailed instructions on burial. These older Jewish customs have also become today templates to express emotional or non material things that you hope to hand down to someone. A dying person can hence list things he or she hopes to distill in son or daughter or grandchild. In addition, other family members can create letters or videos that let the person dying what they received most from them regarding their life. This is a difficult step for it involves acceptance of death but it allows for a better death and healing for all involved.
The article, “What is an Ethical Will?” from “Whats Your Grief” looks at the Ethical Wills Origins and how it has evolved to allow one to pass down more spiritual things to the ones they are leaving. The article states,
“I have now recommended ethical wills to many families who have loved ones who are dying. It is an incredible way for families to share what they will keep with them once a loved one is gone. For the person who is dying, the can share what they hope to leave behind that is not physical. Even when you cannot physically gather together, this is something you can still create. Family members can gather everyone’s written, video, or audio thoughts and share it with the person who is dying.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Pastoral Thanatology Program as well as AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Program and see if they match your academic and professional goals. Both programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four certification.
The pandemic has bore itself upon millions of people. It is wearing on so many. So many losses, both deeply personal but also secondary in nature, but the overall cloud upon the planet has also created a general grief. Many individuals are feeling a general apathy due to the pandemic and that is only natural.
The article, “What you’re feeling is grief” by Nylah Burton looks at how many are having a difficult time coping and responding to so much grief. The article states,
“These conditions, combined with the duration of the pandemic, are causing many people to struggle with the loss of their “resilience muscle,” says Sherry Cormier, a psychologist and bereavement specialist who authored the book Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness after Loss and Grief. “Back in March, we had a lot of zest. We thought we could get through this and rise to the challenge. But the longer this goes on, the climb gets harder and harder,” Cormier says. “We are definitely in a mental health epidemic.”
With death, personal losses, loss of income and loss of social interaction, basic coping is becoming not enough for many people. The general cloud of apathy and mental issues that come with a pandemic are beginning to take root.
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your professional and academic goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling
Certain times of the year can cause seasonal depression or SAD. Usually it is during the Winter months that most face a type of seasonal depression. The shorter days, lack of outside air and the inability to do more things due to the weather can contribute to this condition.
The article, “How to Recognize and Address Seasonal Depression” Ashley Abramson looks deeper at seasonal depression and how to address it. She states,
“A distinct, seasonal pattern is key to recognizing S.A.D., feeling normal during spring and summer, then dwindling in energy and mood as days get shorter — almost like you want to hibernate. If you have a family member with S.A.D., you might be more likely to develop it, and Dr. Desan said the disorder is three times more common in women.”
Seasonal depression is something that can ruin the hidden joys of the Winter season and also push a person into a type of hibernation that robs the body of a more physical routine. It is important to identify and find help if necessary. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.
Many individuals fear the negative effects of medication when dealing with depression. Some may need it but others through coping and potentially herbal supplements can overcome. This is obviously something that is decided between a patient and a doctor.
Certain herbs though do have the potential to help with depression and are worth looking into under the direction of a physician.
The article, “11 Herbs and Supplements to Help Fight Depression” from Healthline looks at a few herbs and supplements that may help you. The article states,
“Depressive disorders are treated with medication and psychotherapy. Lifestyle modifications, including making dietary changes and taking certain supplements, may also help people with depression. For example, research shows that specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other compounds may be particularly effective at improving depressive symptoms.”
To read the entire article and see the complete list, please click here
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification as well as AIHCP’s Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program and see if they match with your academic and professional goals. The programs are open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in those fields.
On multiple occasions, individuals seek to rush through the grieving process hoping to eradicate the pain and emotion. They look to reach the finish line of a incorrect timeline set by others. They feel grief has an expiration time and must be resolved. In many ways, they view grief as a pathological parasite that is preventing them from healing. While grief is an adapting period to loss and pain, there is no set time table for complete. In reality, noone truly recovers from grief or loss, if one did, then the loss would have little value.
Recovery from grief is a myth. Adjustment is the only reality. There is healthy adjustment and pathological un-adjustment, but ultimately, grief remains part of the human condition. Hence if one does not achieve closure to loss, that is fine. It is OK to not to find the perfect closure to a loss. In fact, it is quite normal not find closure to something we lost. It is the price of love not to be OK with losing someone special but we learn to adjust and manage that loss.
The article, “Closure Isn’t a Thing in Grief and That’s Okay” from Whats Your Grief presents an excellent review regarding grief and closure. The article states,
“There are a handful of reasons why people expect closure in grief. For much of our history, grief theory models have given people the impression that grief follows a set of stages or tasks. So, many people think grief is a finite process with a beginning and an end.”
With so many tasks, or steps, it is easy to misunderstand the science of grief. It is easy to think their is an end, but these tasks and steps are only guidelines presented that are truly not a system that all follow or must follow but merely are a collection of ideas regarding grief and how individuals face grief. Grief is messy and it bounces all over. These guidelines are merely guidelines to outline how one can find a healthy adaptation not necessarily an elimination of all emotion over the loss.
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.
Depression is not merely sadness but is a complication of grief itself. It is even beyond loss gone wrong and failure to adjust but can be random and without loss to identify. Depression can cause extreme and intense sadness over an extended period of time with a multitude of symptoms. Hopelessness, loss of interest in life, intense sadness, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, inability to communicate, decreased energy, irritability and thoughts of suicide are all symptoms of depression.
Depression is not something a certified grief counselor who is not licensed in counseling can deal with alone. If not licensed, and a grief counselor, it is essential to identify the depression and refer the patient to a licensed professional counselor who can provide the therapy and if necessary medications needed for the patient.
The article, “What Is Major Depressive Disorder?” by Jen Sinrich looks at the different types of depression that exist and symptoms to look out for in patients. She states,
“This serious condition is far more than a bout of the blues. Depression is a persistent condition that diminishes a person’s ability to function in their day-to-day life and can manifest with physical symptoms as well, including chronic pain or gastrointestinal problems.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling
During the pandemic, many employees working remotely or even in shop are facing a multitude of changes and challenges. Depression, anxiety and other mental disorders are may widespread than in the past. Employers can play a huge role in identifying the symptoms and helping their employees.
The article, “How to spot depression and anxiety in the remote workplace and help your employees” by Erin Hartley takes a closer look at employees and depression and how employers can help. The article states,
“While 2021 will still be a challenging year for many as the pandemic continues, and remote work will remain the norm, companies can and should take a proactive approach to spotting anxiety and depression among their employees and take measured steps to get them the help they need.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your professional and academic goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.
Losing a mother is one of the greatest losses anyone can imagine. Either parent is difficult for any well adjusted person. The loss of a parent is painful regardless of circumstances. Some may lose a parent earlier in life, or tragically and this all leads to possible complications in the grieving cycle, but whether one loses a parent suddenly or one is prepared, the loss is still immense and leaves a hole in one’s heart. There is no recovery only adjustment.
The article, “Finding Freedom From Grief” by Olivia Scott looks at the pains of losing a parent and how it s a critical journey for everyone in their development when the eventual day occurs. She states,
“Losing your mother leaves a void in your heart and life which is never filled. No matter your age at the time of her death. I know this, because I lost my mother in 2002. I was 28.”
She goes on to continue with her story and the pain she faced and the lessons she learned as she grieved her mother. It brought to her many conclusions about life but also about life after your mother is gone. The horrible feelings of being “motherless” and also new ideas of being a mother and not being there for one’s daughter. To read the entire article, please click here
Grief and loss are hard adjustments when losing a mother. As the article points out, treasure the moments you have with your mother and parents while they are alive. Do not take any time for granted and enjoy their presence and guidance. There will come a time, we must all face, when we no longer have them in this life and that thought is terrible enough.
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four certification in Grief Counseling
Grief is not something that is patched up with a bandaide and left to heal. It is not something that one recovers from ever. Anyone who says one can recover from grief is misleading you. Freud taught that grief is something that must be removed from the person. The person must recover and move on from it, as if grief was a disease or pathology. Grief however is far from a pathology but part of our human condition. It is a result of loving someone so much that the loss creates a void forever.
Grief is not about recovery but is about adaptation and coping. As time goes, one is able to adapt to the loss and remember the beloved with warmness, and even live with happiness, but the wound is forever present at different intensities at certain times. This is not something one wishes to remove but something that one embraces as the price of love. Love and grief coincide in this fallen world and if we never loved, then we would never grieve.
So there is no magic pill or recovery for grief. It is hard work, adaptation, coping and remembering with fondness the love that existed and still exists in one’s heart. This is not what many want to hear but it is what they need to hear. Grief Counseling is not about healing grief but is about helping others learn to live with grief.
The article, “We Don’t Recover From Grief, and that’s Okay” from “Whats Your Grief” is an excellent reminder of how we never truly recover from grief. The article states,
“But the grief, it’s always there, like an old injury that aches when it rains. And though this prospect may be scary in the early days of grief, I think in time you’ll find that you wouldn’t have it any other way. Grief is an expression of love – these things grow from the same seed. Grief becomes a part of how we love a person despite their physical absence; it helps connect us to memories of the past; it bonds us with others through our shared humanity, and it helps provide perspective on our immense capacity for finding strength and wisdom in the most difficult of times.”
Please also review the American of Academy of Grief’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year grief counseling certification