Help and Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing
WELL-BEING TIP FOR THE WEEK: PRACTICING SELF-ACCEPTANCE
True self-acceptance is embracing who we are without any judgement or conditions. It means embracing our whole self, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Accepting ourselves is even more important during this time of transition and uncertainty.
Being gentle with ourselves for not being perfect strengthens self-esteem. Having compassion for ourselves fortifies our ability to be compassionate to others, all the important people our lives, family members, friends, colleagues and clients.
Self-acceptance can facilitate resilience by moderating our reaction to issues that arise in times of crisis. It reminds us that it’s okay to do the best we can do each day.
- Be kind to yourself, no one judges us more than we judge ourselves
- Stay positive, soothe the doubting voices in your head by replacing them with positive thoughts
- Accept imperfection, don’t let obsessing about perfection prevent you from being productive
- Believe in yourself, remind yourself of difficulties you have gone through and survived and think of yourself as a strong person who can deal with any challenge that comes you way
If you are faced with a challenge
Refuse to be panic-stricken
Life has not ended for you
Life flows on. Declare for yourself:
I accept the reality of this situation.
But not its permanence
Although our offices are temporarily closed, LAP counseling services and resources are available remotely to our legal community and your families during this challenging time.
It’s normal for stress, anxiety and panic to arise when we are working remotely, have changes in routine, are social distancing and have concerns for ourselves and our loved ones health and well-being.
If you or anyone in your family has a mental health or substance use issue, it’s essential to keep connected.
Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or text for a confidential chat.
Eileen Travis, Director
Emily Lambert, Clinical Coordinator
Confidential helpline: 212-302-5787 (leave a message)
Eileen Travis, call or text: 917-488-4890
We fully understand that the changes you are making to adapt during this time very challenging time can impact your wellbeing and effect your mental health. We offer these resources to help you address any issues you may be faced with.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
The CDC site is likely to offer the most up to date information on the COVID-19 virus.
NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
This New York resource is continually updated with recommendations and data.
“The Leader’s Guide To Managing COVID-19 Panic” by Jan Bruce
“8 Strategies to Set Up Remote Work During the Coronavirus Outbreak” by Marten Mickos
"Stigma and Resilience" published by the CDC
“Dealing with Social Isolation” by Brian Cuban, author of “The Addicted Lawyer”
“100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic” published by USA TODAY
The National Suicide Prevention Lifelineprovides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.
Text “HOME” to 741741
ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY RESOURCES
STRESS AND ANXIETY
“Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19” published by the CDC
“How do you keep down your stress levels at the office?” by Stephen Rynkiewicz
STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY
“Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty” published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“Staying Mentally Healthy During the Coronavirus” published by The Change Direction initiative
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers tips for people with mental illness
MORE WELLBEING TIPS
Our circumstances have significantly changed in the past month, exacerbating anxiety, fear and worry. Using any of the typical stress management strategies are excellent ways to reduce stress, such as: eating healthy meals, maintaining a routine, being gentle with yourself, taking time for activities you enjoy, getting outside in nature, exercising, avoiding self-medication with alcohol or drugs, using a relaxation practice (meditation, yoga, deep breathing), reaching out to others.
Another tool for managing stress is practicing gratitude. Taking time to recognize what is good in life helps shift our focus, reframe negative thoughts and allows us to express more compassion and kindness to ourselves and our families, colleagues, friends and clients. Even in this challenging time, we can find joy in the moment.
Keep a gratitude journal. Every day, morning or evening, write down 3 things that you are grateful for. Start a gratitude jar ( a box or any receptacle will do). Any time you experience gratitude, write it down and put it in the jar. Periodically empty the jar and review what you have written. Send a gratitude email or text to share your appreciation for others who have positively impacted your life.