Employees biggest investment is in their employees. Employees that are physically and mentally fit perform the best. Employers hence have taken bigger interests in mental health. Mental health was overlooked in the past but now it in regards to grief, anger and stress, it has become a big issue for corporations.
The article, “Four Calls To Action To Support Employees’ Mental Health” by Sindhu Kutty looks closer at how employers can help employees better with issues of mental health. The article states,
“Mental Health America’s 2021 “Mind the Workplace” report shows that burnout, lack of supervisory support, workplace stress and financial insecurity are prevalent across organizations in the U.S. Many organizations still believe that offering benefit programs through human resources (HR) to access mental health services is sufficient, but according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), eight in 10 people don’t seek treatment due to shame and stigma. More than access is needed to support your employees’ mental health.Z”
With mental health such a big issue today it is critical for employers to invest in strategies and policies that promote mental health and help those in need cope with issues.
Please also review AIHCP’s Behavioral Health Certification programs in grief, anger, stress, spiritual, crisis and meditation disciplines. The programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification. Those in clergy, social work, counseling and who possess other relevant four year degrees are welcome to enter the programs.
High blood pressure is a silent killer. It causes heart disease, heart attack and stroke. It is the world’s leading killer and many do not even feel its presence until it is too late. Heart health through better diet, exercise and blood screening for cholesterol are important steps in fighting back against high blood pressure. One needs to become involved in one’s health and take an active part in preserving one’s health.
The article, “Taming the world’s leading killer: high blood pressure” by Dr Tom Freiden looks closer at high blood pressure and the problems it poses and how one can fight back. He states,
“High blood pressure is the world’s leading killer — and will kill more people, including more young people, than Covid-19 (and, in usual years, more than all other infectious diseases combined). High blood pressure can be prevented, mostly by reducing dietary sodium, and is effectively treated with safe, low-cost medications.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Healthcare Certifications for Healthcare Professionals. AIHCP offers a wide variety of programs ranging from nursing certifications to be various behavioral health programs for qualified professionals. The programs are online and independent study and lead to a four year certification. Please review the programs ands see if they match your academic and professional goals.
Second does with Moderna and Phizer are extremely important in reducing the chance of contracting or spreading COVID 19. The first dose merely primes the immune system and gives only foundation resistance to the virus. The second dose gives most over 90 percent resistance and gives individuals the freedom to be inside or outside without a mask. So far in clinical studies, efficacy is at 6 months and potentially more as more case studies reveal how effective the the vaccine is.
It is important as Americans to receive the vaccinations, ignore the foolish rhetoric and help the world heal from this great pandemiC
The article, “Your Second Vaccine Dose Is Key Against COVID-19 Variants” from Healthline takes a closer look at the importance of the second dose of the vaccine. It states,
“The PHE study analyzed data for all age groups and several ethnicities from April 5, and included a little over 1,000 people confirmed to have an infection with this variant using genomic sequencing. Importantly, both vaccines were only about 33 percent effective against symptomatic disease from B.1.617.2 and only 50 percent effective against the more common variant first detected in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7) after a single dose. However, after two doses, researchers found that the Pfizer vaccine was 88 percent effective against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant, and 93 percent effective against the B.1.1.7 variant. These percentages were recorded 2 weeks after the second dose.”
Whether boosters or new vaccines will be needed are up to us as a society. Do we listen to dangerous rhetoric or follow science? If we do not, the virus will continue to mutate and potentially evolve into new variants that are resistant to the vaccine. It is important to become vaccinated and stop Covid19.
Please also review AIHCP’s Healthcare Certification Programs for nurses. The programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking four year certifications in various areas of health care and mental health.
Up until the 1950s, living with a disability was considered incompatible with continued medical practice. Yet nearly 50% of Americans with visual impairments are still not in the labor force today, according to the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. But with major advancements in medical technology, patient care has reached a point where physicians can now consult a patient and prescribe medications online, without the need for physical interaction. As a result, this helps professionals gain the advantage of erasing the stigma of individuals with visual disabilities and build their careers.
Physicians With Visual Impairment
There have been cases of doctors having a visual impairment and still managing to achieve their dreams of becoming certified physicians. One example is David Hartman, who was diagnosed with retinal detachment and glaucoma in childhood. Through perseverance, he graduated from medical school and became a board-certified psychiatrist. His work on the addiction recovery field was rewarded in 2019 at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders. Although he faced numerous difficulties in building his career, he developed certain programs for patients as the chief of adult outpatient psychiatry in Carillon Clinic in Virginia. His work has inspired movies and literature that proves that blindness and other disabilities cannot stop someone from building a promising career.
Different Paths In The Medical Field
There are numerous programs and specializations that can be accessed by individuals with visual impairment. If one decides to pursue a career in medicine, specializations in psychiatry and psychology are the most suitable due to a reliance on speech and understanding rather than a keen eye for physical symptoms and immediate action in emergencies. This is heavily advantageous for the physician, as the patient is not made aware of the disabilities they may have, prompting them to return and not be worried to seek counsel.
Understanding The Potential Risks
These are trying times for those with blindness or visual impairment who have frequently relied on the sense of touch. With the recent coronavirus compromising the sense of mobility and independence for many, those living with blindness are at a higher risk of infection. Healthcare employees must follow extra safety measures to protect against diseases, such as keeping your body and daily eye care items sanitized at all times.
Perseverance Is Key
Each step will be difficult when it comes to achieving your goals and dealing with visual impairment. But this shouldn’t discourage anyone from building a promising medical career. Having a stable support system and a workplace that is strictly against discrimination is also important in defining one’s career, as there will always be challenges for those living with a disability.
Vision loss can be extremely frustrating to come to terms with, but it does not make a person incapable of doing the same things as their non-visually impaired peers. Having a successful medical career while living with a visual impairment is always possible when you have the proper mindset to overcome any obstacles along the way.
Please also review AIHCP’s Health Care Life Coaching Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program in online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a Health Care Life Coaching Program
Did you ever wonder why one person can drink and even binge drink during their college years and never emerge addicted , while another person may become addicted to alcohol his or her whole life? It is a multi faceted issue that does not have just one answer but multiple issues that can come together and form the scary picture of addiction.
The article, “Why do some people become addicted to drugs while others do not?” by Pam Rush takes a closer look at the biological, personal, and environmental issues that can lead to addiction. She states,
“No single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs. A combination of genetic, environmental, and developmental factors influences risk for addiction. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction. Environmental, genetic, and developmental factors may include:”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program to see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and open to qualified professionals seeking certification in Substance Abuse and Addiction counseling.
The confidentiality between a doctor and patient is on par with that of a attorney or client, or priest and spiritual dependent. It is critical that there is no breach in this confidentiality. Like other bonds, there are serious complications and consequences when this confidentiality is betrayed.
The article, “What Is A Breach Of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality?” by Paul Tolzman takes a closer look at this. He states,
If someone has a health issue that requires medical attention, or is simply going in for their annual check-up, anything they discuss with their physician is kept between them and the health care provider. The physician is legally required to uphold a doctor-patient confidentiality agreement, which is based on the concept that a patient should never be concerned about seeking medical treatment for fear that private medical information will be disclosed to others. ”
The article goes on to state, malpractice and other suites can follow when a breach occurs. To read the entire article, please click here
It is important for healthcare professionals to protect sensitive medical information regarding their clients. When this is not done, legal action usually follows. If you would like to learn more about Legal Nurse Consulting or would like to become certified as a Legal Nurse, then please review AIHCP’s Legal Nurse Consulting Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals in the field of medical law.
The article below is from Chris Haws, founder of Telegrief. Online assistance is critical for individuals facing depression during quarantine. Online assistance and appointments are also a wave of the future for many in the mental field. Chris Haws discusses the vital importance of online communication for mental health.
One of the frequent characteristics of grieving is that people isolate and withdraw from their everyday lives. They need time to think, time to reflect and time to cry. They need to assess this new reality – a reality without that much loved spouse, partner, parent, child, sibling or friend. Some people find it easier than others and can re-engage with the world in their on time and at their own pace. In every case, the support of a professional grief counselor can be invaluable during this transition from acute, agonizing, pain to a new way of living that integrates the grief and the sorrow of the loss into an ongoing, meaningful and even joyful existence. People can and do learn that it’s OK to laugh – and love – again.
But what if the isolation is imposed by circumstances beyond the grief sufferer’s control? Circumstances such as the current Covid-19 pandemic that is forcing everyone to “lockdown”, “shelter in place”, and “self-isolate”? It’s tough enough for people with busy lives to lead, mouths to feed and families to raise. Throw the emotionally shattering experience of a bereavement on top of all that and the result can be devastating.
Fortunately, although hugs and literal hand holding can be comforting, the grief counselor’s principal job is to listen. And having listened, to gently guide the sufferer out of the darkness of their pain towards the brighter world in which their grief is not denied or suppressed, but is integrated into the next chapter of a purposeful and satisfying life.
And that’s why remote counseling works. Whether by phone, or using one of the new video linking technologies, counselors can still listen and interact with their clients just as effectively as they can in face to face sessions – and, paradoxically, sometimes even more comfortably. Clients can sometimes be more “themselves” when they don’t have to tidy the house or dress up before the counselor arrives, or take the bus or get in their cars to travel to a distant consulting room.
Prompted by Covid-19, but building on prior experience with an international clientele that is scattered across the country and around the world, that’s why psychologist and grief counselor Chris Haws has created “Telegrief”. Clients can interact remotely with Chris using whatever technology they choose, and the results are already proving to be remarkable. If you or someone you know are in need of counseling for a recent bereavement, then go to telegrief.com and check out what Chris Haws is offering. As he says “It’s your call”.
Chris Haws is a British born Psychologist and Counselor based in Northwest DC who specializes in bereavement and grief, substance abuse and recovery, and personal development and mindfulness. For over three decades, his writing has appeared in print, radio and TV around the world. He is the founder of “Telegrief” and can be contacted at telegrief.com
The emotional Freedom Technique or EFT can play a big role in helping individuals with a variety of mental maladies. From bad habits to trauma, the ability to move negative energy buildup out of the body and replace it with neutral and good energy plays a key role in helping individuals cope and heal. AIHCP also offers a certification in EFT for qualified professionals.
The article, “What Is EFT Tapping And How Can It Help With Child Anxiety?” by Megan Glosson looks at the nature of EFT and how it can help with children and anxiety. She states,
“Emotional freedom technique (EFT), also called “tapping” or “psychological acupressure,” is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. EFT is based on the same Chinese medicine as acupuncture and uses meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore your body’s energy balance.”
EFT can play a positive role in one’s life. Qualified professionals can earn an EFT certification and help individuals through the practice of tapping. Please review the program and see if it meets your academic and professional standards.
Working at home can be a blessing and a curse. With epidemics and national crisis those blessed enough to still work will have more experiences with working from home. Those who work from home for a living naturally will have different experiences than those who do not regularly work at home. This is because those who work from home are set up permanently not temporary. Those who have to learn to adjust to the changes may experience some stress in adjusting to the new existence.
BUT first, before we discuss the many issues and coping strategies of working from home, we must first acknowledge that still having a job and the ability to earn a paycheck is a blessing during crisis. Many individuals during pandemics or crisis are laid off or lose their job. They have to worry about bills and food. So before, individuals moan and gripe over issues that may be annoying or stressful, it is important to recognize the far more superior stress of those who have no income during crisis.
This is perhaps the most important mindset one must possess. If one enters into the temporary work from home paradigm as grateful instead of angry, then many stresses while annoying can be dismissed. Annoyances and stress of change of scene are real but in comparison to having no job during crisis properly puts things into perspective. A feeling of gratitude should exist despite some of the annoyances.
One of the first struggles to identify for those just starting to work at home is structure and regularity. The comforts of home and distractions can be overwhelming for some personalities. For those who need structure to function it is essential that a consistent schedule exists. If one awakens at a certain hour and starts at a certain hour, then this should be maintained for these types of individuals. Daily, weekly and monthly projects should be written into a time plan and crossed off as completed. Certain times for lunch and break should remain consistent as well.
For those who are more able to focus, some of the luxuries of home can be afforded. Those more focused can still accomplish the goals of the day and put in the necessary time. They can be taken away from a task and still be honest, dedicated and responsible enough to complete the task later. To them the comforts, familiarity, peace and solitude may be very conducive to productivity. Ultimately it depends on your personality and what type of schedule permits you to honestly perform your duties and fulfill the needs of the company.
This does not mean the home environment is equally peaceful for everyone. Larger families will deal with children. Sometimes a diaper may need changed, or children will need told to allow father or mother to work in privacy. Pets will need fed or let out. So the situation is not ideal and there will be times needed to step out as required. Do not feel guilty for this but be sure to put the honest time and effort in throughout the day. Accomplishing tasks are beyond an 8 hour restriction if home. This can permit a lunch break that involves a brisk walk or run, or even a lunch break to
Stress will find anyone though in a different environment. The practical and efficient office environment cannot be replicated at home. Productivity can be close but truly cannot equal being in the office. The office itself has the records, the files, the machines, and the supplies needed. The temporary home office hopes to take the most essential to function. The most pertinent paper work, files and supplies are taken. Many who experience a pandemic will undoubtedly spend the last day in the office collecting a variety of tools and papers needed to function at home. One can only try one’s best to collect everything needed.
Offices to function away from the the business site will deal with a variety of preparation stress. They will need to forward office phones to a tracker phone, or set up alternate numbers. They will also need to set up a remote access so that office computers can be accessed from the employee’s home computer. These adjustments are necessary but also come with minor inconveniences. The remote access has a slight delay in transmitting information. While extremely slight it is not as instant as in the office. This can also lead to delayed typing by a split second. The font on some program can also be smaller. Another issue is printing. Most programs will not print remotely to the employee’s home printer. This involves emailing printable forms to the employee’s home email and then printing it from the home computer itself. This slows the process of printing and in itself becomes a project.
Another stress is dealing with customers. Not being able to have complete access or mail certain things may cause irritation to impatient customers. Customers need to be more aware of national crisis but not all are so understanding. Patience and care need taken when dealing with impatience.
Managers under law are able to deal with issues of payroll, mail, and maintenance of computers or machinery in the office. Through emails and comunication, managers can ensure that “stay at home employees” are given the necessary documents that arrive in the mail, as well as monitor any issues that may occur technologically. Office computers could turn off affecting remote access, or the phone service may not transfer calls to a tracker phone. The fax may jam or a host of other technical issues could occur at the office affecting the workers at home and their ability to complete tasks. Managers under the law can ensure that the business continues to flow with a short visit to the office.
In continuing with continuity and communication, remote access meetings can be planned. Software and technology allow meetings to take place among multiple employees over the phone with digital viewing. A meeting room can be set up with certain software that allows all to meet and report status of reports and production.
While less than ideal, it is better to stay in business than to go out of business in difficult times. Despite some issues and new dynamics of stress, technology allows companies to stay in business but ultimately it lies in the hands of good employees to become dedicated to the change and perform at a even higher level. This involves new challenges and stresses but all can be overcame flexibility, responsibility and honesty.
To learn more about Stress Management Consulting and coping with stress, please review our program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. In the meantime, be safe and continue to control stress and be productive at home.
Like any loss, life changes afterwards. It takes time to recover and adjust to the new normal. While this new normal may be painful, people learn to adjust and grow. Losing a pet is no different. Adjusting to not having the love and company of a pet can take months to heal and finally accept as a new and sad reality. Time heals but one never forgets the love of a dog that greets you at the door, or snuggling cat, or even a ride through the forest with a horse. They are not truly pets but companions and family.
The article, “Life after a pet’s death” from Manilia Standard Lifestyle looks at the steps to go through in adjusting to life without a beloved pet. The article states,
“Grieving is a highly personalized, individualistic experience that is influenced by culture and social groups. The process in which you might experience the pain of losing your pet might look immensely different from even a direct family member living in the same house, “ said Adam Clark, LCSW, in “7 Self-Care Essentials While Grieving the Death of a Pet” in Psychology Today.”