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Addressing Toxic Stress

The average individual spends up to a third of their life at work. Finding the right job is one of the most important things a person can do in life. What, then, about the stressors on the job? Deadlines, the achievement of an organization’s goal and “fitting in” the working environment are things we all must deal with in order to succeed on the job. 

Caring for Yourself After a Traumatic Event

The stress of witnessing a traumatic event can take an emotional and physical toll. Whether you were directly involved in the event or exposed to it after the fact, it’s important to know more about traumatic stress and how it can impact you.

In the Midst of Change

The constant barrage of negativity in the news, political turmoil, community unrest, violence and trauma of the past year have left their mark in many ways, some positive and many negative, with outcomes yet unknown. 

Disconnect to De-Stress

In today's world of live streaming, we are thrust into the minute-by-minute happenings of every day. It has become so important for us to know what someone is posting on Facebook or to update our own status, to see the latest picture on Instagram or to respond to the most interesting tweet. How does all of this digital technology impact our stress?

Controlling Media Exposure During Crisis

Many people are unable to resist news coverage of traumatic events, such as disasters and terrorist attacks. As horrific as they are to watch on video or even read about, many still find it nearly impossible to turn away. It is difficult to know why the information is so hard to resist for so many. Whatever the reason, it is important to understand the effects on the community that this type of exposure may have.

Managing Loss During the Holidays

It seems like there is one part of the year where we are hit with multiple holidays all at the same time: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day -- all within a three to four month timeframe. Here it is that time of year again!

After the Crisis Has Passed

Grief, sadness and anger are a natural response to crisis and loss and have been expressed in many ways, some healthy and some not. So, what are we to do now? How do you handle this ongoing stress? How do you process all that has happened and how it has impacted you personally? What are you doing to take good care of yourself?

Frontline Supervisor: Stress and the Workplace

Q. I am in favor of employees using BJC EAP to help them manage stress, and I encourage them to do so, especially during these stressful times. What can I say to increase their motivation to consider the program?

The Importance of Developing a Support System

Part of life is experiencing ups and downs. We need people who understand us and can be depended upon during tough times. Research has shown that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Learn more about developing your own support system.

Vicarious Trauma: High Risk for Helpers

It has long been acknowledged that empathetic interpersonal skills are an asset in the medical field and helping roles in general. These same skills, however, increase the risk of experiencing personal symptoms of trauma exposure and chronic stress. Vicarious trauma occurs when an individual who was not an immediate witness to the trauma absorbs and integrates disturbing aspects of the traumatic experience into his or her own functioning.

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