Last week, our mental health community lost a legend. Psychiatrist Dr. George Suckow will be missed by many. He touched the lives of thousands of people. One of the biggest lessons I learned while working with Dr. Suckow was the idea of everyone deserving a second chance. Some people might remember Dr. Suckow as being a man of few words, that he had short appointments, or that he was always overbooked. What I remember is that he always gave people second chances. The people who some providers called "difficult patients" or "drug seekers"...Dr. Suckow looked at as human beings first, who were just trying to make their lives better in whatever way they knew how. He treated every patient with dignity and respect. He realized that people make mistakes, that we all make mistakes. And just because mistakes are made, it doesn't mean that one should be punished for those mistakes for a lifetime. No one will ever be able to replace Dr. Suckow. May he rest in peace.
Everyone has stress. Some stress is actually helpful. For example, if I am stressed out about giving a presentation, I will likely do more to prepare. Some stress though, the kind most of us think of when we hear the word "stress," gets in the way of us achieving our goals and living the life we want to live. Some of the consequences of how stress can impact the body, mind, emotion, and behavior are listed in the image below.
While it is important to take care of your stress year round, I thought now (while we are in the midst of the holiday season) would be a good time for some reminders on what you can do to alleviate stress. Check out this article, entitled "How to Reduce Stress: 10 Relaxation Techniques that Zap Stress Fast." Each of these techniques can help reduce your stress in the moment. If you make these techniques part of your daily life, you can do some proactive work in combating chronic stress. As always, let me know if I can be of help. Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
Amber is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She offers counseling for individual adults and clinical supervision for social workers. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, researching genealogy, reading, and dragon boating.
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