Rindie Eagle, MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
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We are in unprecedented times. The impact of the pandemic is significant on multiple levels, including psychological, as it contradicts what is familiar and expected in the world leading to confusion and uncertainty.  For some, it may be impairing your ability to cope with all that is happening leading to strong emotional responses like grief, panic, anxiety or depression.
Trauma experts Dr. Peter Levine, PhD and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD, recently sat down together (from afar) for an online webinar to discuss the pandemic from the perspective of psychological impact.  They shared their thoughts on some of the primary risks of the COVID19 pandemic as well as what can be done.
A Few Pandemic Psychological Risks

Unpredictability
Immobility
Not being sure who to trust or they know what to do.

No one really knows what’s going to happen or the full scope of impact to our society and world at the hands of the virus.  We are wired to asses threat and not knowing what’s coming makes our brains unable to do that accurately which can lead to chronic  stress.  Our lack of ability to move around in ways we are used to has hindered and removed normal social activities.  These are unnatural states

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To the Spouse who Happens to not be the Parent, Please tell me you understand. For starters, it was an overwhelming day. You see, I had 2 interviews for a position I was eager to fill, a workshop I had facilitated, and only half an hour between all 3 of these tasks. Did I mention…
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One of the saddest posts that I have seen thus far on Facebook regarding the lockdown was this: “Dear single friends, stay positive and optimistic. After 3 weeks of lockdown there will be plenty divorces and new opportunities” My heart literally broke. This was posted by a friend of mine who is a Believer and…
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“Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.” (Amos 9:11, NLT) I know that you are asking God to fulfill these words in your marriage, and I earnestly join you in that prayer, believing that God’s heart…
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If you’re a small business owner right now, the last thing you need is a pep talk.  Instead, let’s focus on tactical, how-to guidance that you need now to defy the odds, continue to grow your business,  and ultimately emerge from this crisis with certainty and strength. One of the definitions of crisis is “a […]
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As the weeks cascade into months of avoidance of our human kind to save lives, new norms are settling in.  How strange to think that not so long ago seeing people with their faces covered by masks in the grocery store would be markedly odd yet now it’s expected and nobody gives pause.  Teachers, kids and parents thrashed their way through figuring out online schooling.  Those who were able to transition their work online have been doing so.  Zoom calls and other meeting apps are familiar to us all and are a valuable life line for connection with our family and friends.  We are learning to broaden the scope of how we entertain ourselves, the initial resistance possibly telling us that it’s “boring” or not fun, gently yielding to the possibilities.  Our routines have drastically changed, including sleep patterns, leading many to have intense coronavirus dreams.  The world has stopped in so many ways and we are on the inside peering out our windows.

This is hard.  And there are positive shifts happening for some people too.

The forced down shift is allowing people to reap the benefits of all good things that come when you do just that…slow down.  BP (before

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The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing isolation people find themselves in will put many relationships to the test.  In normal circumstances, time spent in “togetherness” is a goal and hallmark of a healthy couple.  But no one ever suggested spending every waking minute in the same space, day in and day out.  There are of course exceptions, couples that normally find satisfaction in putting their full attention on the “we” rather than “me” but surely even they would occasionally run to the grocery store on their own.
When mixing people’s collective anxieties, worries and stresses with being cooped up with their partners, there will be a negative impact on some relationships.  And others will thrive and become stronger.
How do you keep your relationship as healthy as possible during quarantine?  
-> Give each other space, where possible.  You both need time alone, especially if there are kids in your space with you.  Talk about the importance of this and how to make it happen.  Are there times of the day that you can spend time in a separate room  doing your own thing like reading, napping or doing your online exercise class?  Can you agree that sometimes you’ll take a walk alone to

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Written By: Katie Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Feeding America “1,300 families received food yesterday; more than half were new recipients.” – Akron Community Food Bank, Akron, OH.  “Today we provided over 2,100 households with food boxes—four times more than normal.” – United Food Bank, Mesa, AZ. These phrases, echoed by […]
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Here we are … COVID-19, a pandemic, something most of us and our marriage have never faced before. You may be experiencing anxiety, job loss or current loss of income, time away from or more time with your spouse due to work demands/work from home situations, and the question mark of what tomorrow holds. Life…
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It’s time to talk about an uncomfortable topic.
Grief.
Grief is so uncomfortable that many struggle to know what to say to someone experiencing the grief of a sudden, soul-crushing loss.  Grief can also sneak up on you.  The unfolding coronavirus pandemic is a set-up for this as people can initially be more aware of the other normal responses to this abnormal situation such as shock, anger, fear, worry, stress and anxiety.
Though you may not be aware of grief specifically, it can masquerade as other emotions.  Other signals of distress like anger outbursts, tensions in your relationships, paralysis, preoccupation and overall angst can signal grief is underneath.
Like many, you may be using humor to manage your feelings; sharing memes on social media and in text threads (which by the way is a very effective coping tool).  But I also encourage you to at least be aware of grief and the possibility that you will encounter it at some point.
Consider just a few of the losses people are experiencing, with more coming:

jobs
money
security
weddings
Spring Break trips
bar mitzvahs
dinners out with friends
dinners in with friends
last little league seasons
Tuesday night darts
being with classmates at school
church on Sundays
high school and college graduations
book clubs
hoops at the Y
movies at the theater
concerts
watching

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