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Episode 229: How Has The Pandemic Affected Our Mental Health?

How Has The Pandemic Affected Our Mental Health? 

Dr. Tanaka founded Coronado Psych with the mission to offer clients evidence-based psychological services. She’s dedicated the majority of the last decade to developing and providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and accessible psychological services to patients. Dr. Tanaka specializes in working with young adults, adults, and seniors struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, life transitions, health behavior changes, health-related psychological distress, and her practice offers services to children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of concerns. In addition to providing in-person psychotherapy, Dr. Tanaka has extensive experience providing remote psychological services through telehealth.

Rika Tanaka

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

 

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

Whether it’s yourself, a staff member in your business or someone you care about, we have all felt the impacts of a stressful year behind us and the pandemic is still impacting lives everywhere. One of the first things Dr. Rika mentions on the show, is how a key part of identifying a concern or issue is to recognize it is completely acceptable to recognize something is wrong and talk about.

Recognizing the signs or symptoms of depression, anxiety or other cues that you or someone you care about may be struggling with.

Anxiety and depression can present differently from person to person. Kids are especially different. Dr. Rika shares some of the ways these symptoms show up and also gives tips on how to determine whether or not something more serious is going on while being careful to let the professionals do the diagnosing.

How to approach someone you care about or suspect may be struggling.

What to say? How to say it without being offensive or making them feel embarrassed. The importance of creating a safe space to share and not feel judged.

Telehealth and Virtual Therapy.

Is it here to stay? Did you know there are some accepted benefits of utilizing this form of help? In fact, you may be surprised to learn that you have access to more options and greater levels of care. Listen to this section to learn more.

 

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Show Highlights

How do we recognize the signs of anxiety or depression that could also be related to the pandemic?  [4:10]

How should we approach or begin a conversation with someone we care about when we suspect they are struggling with anxiety or depression? [7:55]

The importance of providing a safe space for someone to feel comfortable sharing. The importance of our own “give and take” in helping someone not feel judged. [8:00]

Creating safe spaces while simultaneously maintaining and keeping up healthy relationships. Taking the pressure off and “just checking in.” [10:20}

Virtual Therapy and Telehealth. Why it’s here to stay. The benefits and validity of the virtual experience. It’s just as effective as in person. Learn why. [14:00]

Why talking more about it is best. Helping people help themselves and making mental health an open topic [21:00]

 

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Dr. Rika Tanaka encourages everyone to reach out and talk to a mental health professional if you need to. 

She also says if you are in California, please feel free to reach out to her through her website at Coronado Psych or send her an email

 

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Episode 200: If I’ve Taught You Anything…

Lessons Learned In Life: If I’ve Taught You Anything…

Wow – 200 episodes- of lessons learned.

200 episodes of me (hopefully) providing you value, nuggets of wisdom, and lessons that you can take and apply into your business. It’s been an honor to record, produce, and publish this podcast for you all every single week for the past few years.

On this episode, you’ll find that it’s a bit different than the usual format. From my heart to yours, I want to share with you some lessons learned over the past several years in business and in life. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Episode 200: Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned In Life Show Highlights

  • [6:45] – Ever feel like life happens to you?
  • [8:00] – Whether you like it or not, you’re a leader!
  • [10:00] – How can you be the most impactful towards family & friends?
  • [12:30] – Don’t compare yourself to anyone else!
  • [15:30] – Leadership vs. Avoidance

All of which are life lessons learned, and shared with you.

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Episode 25: Compassion Fatigue

Holly Cook, author of My End of the Leash

Holly Cook, author of My End of the Leash

In this episode of “Bella In Your Business”, Bella speaks with Holly Cook, author of My End of the Leash: Compassion Fatigue From a Pet Sitter’s Perspective.

She started pet sitting in 1994, and won the Pet Sitters International,  Pet Sitter of the Year award in 2004;  She has been serving the pet sitting industry by becoming a state Ambassador for PSI in 2005. She has also authored several articles presented at many pet sitting conferences. She has developed donation drives for communities devastated by disaster (From Missouri floods in 1993, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy.). 

Holly also became a certified Compassion Fatigue Educator through the University of Tennessee School Of  Veterinary Social Work in 2016. To say she is an advocate for the pets and the people who care for them is an understatement. 

Bella and Holly discuss what compassion fatigue is and how it differs from “burn out”  Holly discloses traits common among those susceptible to compassion fatigue including:

  • Being a highly dedicated professional
  • Always expecting positive feedback about work
  • High demand for personal competence
  • A personal history of exhaustion
  • A large workload
  • Lack of trauma training
  • Identification with those in their care
  • Those is a non-supportive work environment or unsupportive friends and family

Holly then details some of the symptoms of compassion fatigue:

  • Bone-tired exhaustionpet sitter compassion fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Persistent physical ailments
  • Apprehension
  • Over exaggerated startle reflex
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Abnormal anger
  • Rumination or excessive thoughts about an incident
  • Clumsiness
  • Nightmares and flashbacks
  • Difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness
  • Tendency to isolate from other people
  • Inability to make a decision
  • Intrusive imagery
  • Reduced ability to feel sympathy or empathy toward other people or animals
  • Denial of any of the above symptoms

Grab her book here: My End of the Leash: Compassion Fatigue From a Pet Sitter’s Perspective

If you feel like this might be you, Holly encourages you to take the quiz on her website

Learn more about Holly and her book in a previous article we wrote back in June when her book originally came out.

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