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    <description>&lt;div class=”post-meta offset-line-height float-left padding-bottom-sm”&gt;&lt;span itemprop=”datePublished”&gt;March 2, 2021&lt;/span&gt;, &lt;span itemprop=”author”&gt;Mary Ellen Ellis&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span itemprop=”dateModified” content=”March 2, 2021″ class=”sr-only”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span itemprop=”mainEntityOfPage” content=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com” class=”sr-only”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span itemprop=”publisher” itemtype=”http://schema.org/Organization” itemscope class=”sr-only”&gt;&lt;span itemprop=”name”&gt;Bridges to Recovery&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span itemprop=”logo” itemscope itemtype=”https://schema.org/ImageObject”&gt;&lt;img alt=”LOGO” class=”lazyload” src=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BTR-Logo-NoTag-Web.png”&gt;&lt;noscript&gt;&lt;img src=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BTR-Logo-NoTag-Web.png” alt=”LOGO”&gt;&lt;/noscript&gt;&lt;meta itemprop=”url” content=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BTR-Logo-NoTag-Web.png”&gt;&lt;meta itemprop=”width” content=”160″&gt;&lt;meta itemprop=”height” content=”60″&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;

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    &lt;img width=”855″ height=”570″ alt=”The Positive Effects of Love on Mental Health 5 Ways Your Relationship Can Aid in the Treatment Process” itemprop=”image” sizes=”(max-width: 855px) 100vw, 855px” class=”img-responsive wp-post-image lazyload” src=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-855×570.jpg” srcset=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-855×570.jpg 855w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-300×200.jpg 300w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-414×276.jpg 414w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-900×600.jpg 900w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process.jpg 970w”&gt;&lt;noscript&gt;&lt;img width=”855″ height=”570″ src=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-855×570.jpg” class=”img-responsive wp-post-image” alt=”The Positive Effects of Love on Mental Health 5 Ways Your Relationship Can Aid in the Treatment Process” itemprop=”image” srcset=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-855×570.jpg 855w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-300×200.jpg 300w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-414×276.jpg 414w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process-900×600.jpg 900w, https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Positive-Effects-of-Love-on-Mental-Health-5-Ways-Your-Relationship-Can-Aid-in-the-Treatment-Process.jpg 970w” sizes=”(max-width: 855px) 100vw, 855px”&gt;&lt;/noscript&gt;&lt;/section&gt;

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    &lt;p&gt;A healthy, loving relationship is protective against poor mental health, but it can also be a major support to those in treatment for a mental illness. Love and positive social support increase feelings of happiness and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Being loved improves self-worth and feelings of being valued, which in turn aids treatment. Involvement of loved ones in treatment and care can also help strengthen relationships and improve adherence and outcomes.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Love is a powerful emotion, and it can be healing. While love can’t fix everything or prevent someone from developing a mental illness, it does support good overall physical and mental health.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;The research clearly shows that loving and healthy relationships, as well as good social support from family and friends, are important for improving mental health.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;If you have a spouse or partner and either one of you struggles with mental health issues, take comfort knowing that you support each other. Take active steps to get treatment, to participate in treatment, to listen and share feelings, and to resolve conflicts productively, and you can continue to live well together, even with mental illness.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h2 id=”1-love-and-a-healthy-relationship-makes-you-happy-” class=”section-title”&gt;1. Love—and a Healthy Relationship—Makes You Happy.&lt;/h2&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Love isn’t a cure-all for mental illness, but it is true that being in love and having a supportive spouse and a healthy intimate relationship promotes happiness. A happy, stable relationship, whether with a spouse or partner, is connected to better mental health, lower levels of stress, and less depression,&lt;a href=”https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-relationships-and-community#:~:text=Couple%20relationships,people%20who%20are%20unhappily%20married.”&gt; according to research&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;On the other hand, being in a bad relationship can worsen mental health. An unstable or unhealthy relationship with your partner can increase your stress, anxiety, and depression, and even thoughts of suicide. This fact further supports the benefits of a good relationship. Being in love and being happy in your relationship is automatically supportive of better mental health.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;If one of you struggles with mental illness, know that your ongoing healthy relationship is helpful. It may not always seem that way, especially during a difficult episode, but maintaining a strong, loving relationship will aid and support healing and recovery from mental illness.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Everyone should be able to find their own worth outside of relationships and other people. But, being loved does add to a sense of self-worth. Knowing that someone loves you means that you matter, that you have value, and that someone would be devastated if you were gone.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;In the depths of a mental illness, it can be impossible to see your value, especially in the despair of depression or suicidal thoughts. In these terrible moments, having someone who loves you can be the lifeline you need. It may be what gets you into treatment when you otherwise would not bother.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h2 id=”3-any-kind-of-social-support-benefits-mental-health-and-treatment-” class=”section-title”&gt;3. Any Kind of Social Support Benefits Mental Health and Treatment.&lt;/h2&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;The benefits of relationships are not restricted to romantic connections. Social support in any form has been proven over and over again to be good for mental health.&lt;a href=”https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12144-999-1029-8″&gt; Studies&lt;/a&gt; show that quality of social support is much more important than quantity. In other words, it’s better to have one or two strong social connections than a large network of acquaintances.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=”https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/social-support/art-20044445″&gt;Research&lt;/a&gt; shows that a good social support network benefits mental health in several ways:&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Increased resilience in the face of stress&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Healthier lifestyle choices&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Better lifelong mental health&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Improved self-esteem&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Fewer negative effects of stress&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Most importantly for someone needing care for mental illness, a strong social support group improves adherence to treatment plans. You’re more likely to stick with treatment for mental illness if you have one or more healthy relationships backing you.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h2 id=”4-a-healthy-relationship-supports-healthy-habits-” class=”section-title”&gt;4. A Healthy Relationship Supports Healthy Habits.&lt;/h2&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;A healthy relationship and good support network correlate with adherence to mental health treatment, which indicates a bigger trend: a positive relationship with your partner supports all kinds of healthy habits.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;If you are in a healthy and happy intimate relationship, you are more likely to adopt and stick with healthy lifestyle choices. These include eating well, exercising, and avoiding substance abuse. All of these physical health habits promote good mental health. Your relationship may even encourage you to engage in more positive mental health habits, like opening up about your feelings and engaging in productive conflict resolution.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Focus on encouraging healthy habits in each other for good mental health. Find areas in which you can both improve, such as drinking less or getting adequate sleep. Work on improving those habits together and you will see improvements in mental health as well.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h2 id=”5-partners-can-be-an-active-part-of-treatment-” class=”section-title”&gt;5. Partners Can Be an Active Part of Treatment.&lt;/h2&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Mental illness is not a one-person issue. If you have a mental illness, it impacts the people close to you. Your relationships also impact your mental health. Everything is connected. This means that the people you love, particularly your spouse or partner, can and should be involved in treatment.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;A good treatment facility involves loved ones for support of the resident and for support of the family as a whole. When your partner is involved in treatment, it strengthens your relationship and your mental health.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Being active in treatment doesn’t look the same for everyone. For some couples, it’s useful to engage in regular relationship therapy. For others, support groups or group therapy sessions are more helpful. Still others may benefit more from simply visiting on family days and showing their love and support by taking an interest in their partner’s treatment process.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h2 id=”what-does-a-healthy-loving-relationship-look-like-” class=”section-title”&gt;What Does a Healthy, Loving Relationship Look Like?&lt;/h2&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;It’s important to understand that all these benefits—these ways that a relationship can support mental health and treatment—only apply to healthy relationships. This may seem obvious, but when in a bad relationship it can be hard to see the issues. These are the signs of a healthy relationship:&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;You trust each other&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;You are both able to share your feelings and thoughts without fear of ridicule&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;You respect each other&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Each partner in the relationship values it and makes time for each other&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;You listen to each other and are able to compromise when disagreements arise&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Neither person is wholly dependent on the other&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;You have boundaries&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;You can argue or disagree without threats of violence&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;There is no abuse, physical, emotional, or otherwise&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;It’s almost a cliché to say that you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, but there is a lot of truth in the statement. The healthiest relationships are between two people who rely on each other but are also independent. They love each other, but they also love and value themselves.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;If you or your partner struggles with a mental illness, take time to focus on self-care as well as care for each other. Be kind and compassionate to yourself, just as you would to your partner. Forgive your flaws, but also work on self-improvement. Embrace your best traits and appreciate them.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;One of the best things you can do for positive self-care is to get treatment for mental illness. Realize that it is not a flaw you have but a real health condition that requires treatment. Take time out of your life to try residential care. If your partner truly loves you, they will support the decision and get involved in any way that is useful.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Love is powerful and healing, but no relationship, no matter how great, can fully heal mental illness. If you are struggling, reach out for professional services. A residential facility can help both of you work together to become stronger, healthier, and happier.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Healthcare workers are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and burnout. As the second wave of the pandemic races through the country, some workers may become traumatized. Healthcare workers deserve respect and admiration but also good mental health. Stress management, support networks, and professional mental healthcare go a long way toward preventing, lessening, and managing this stress and trauma.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;If you work in healthcare right now, especially if you work with COVID patients, you are going through an experience that not many can understand. The stress and the trauma of being overworked, fatigued, and unable to help all patients can quickly become overwhelming.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;As more frontline workers experience burnout and even traumatic stress, learning how to prevent and manage these become essential. Friends and family can help by providing practical support, an ear to listen, and a distraction.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h2 id=”what-is-burnout-and-how-are-healthcare-workers-affected-” class=”section-title”&gt;What Is Burnout and How Are Healthcare Workers Affected?&lt;/h2&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Burnout is a state of exhaustion, both mentally and physically. While it’s not an official diagnosis, burnout is a real phenomenon triggered by stress. Some amount of stress can be beneficial, pushing us to accomplish tasks. When stress is excessive and prolonged, however, it can lead to burnout.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Stress that triggers burnout can come from a number or sources, but for healthcare workers it is related to the pandemic.&lt;a href=”https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm#:~:text=Burnout%20is%20a%20state%20of,unable%20to%20meet%20constant%20demands.”&gt; Signs of burnout&lt;/a&gt; include:&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Exhaustion and fatigue without much relief&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Headaches and muscle pains&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Changes in how you eat or sleep&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;More frequent illness due to lowered immunity&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;A feeling of being helpless or trapped&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Feeling detached&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Low motivation, increased apathy and procrastination&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Withdrawal from responsibilities and loved ones&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Lashing out at others&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Avoiding work&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, or food&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=”https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2768947″&gt;Studies&lt;/a&gt; conducted this past summer found that healthcare workers experienced increased burnout during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The&lt;a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7519601/”&gt; studies&lt;/a&gt; found that rates were higher for women than men.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;As the pandemic surges again, healthcare workers report increasing burnout symptoms. They also report something worse than usual burnout. During normal times, burnout results from unmanaged stress. Now, workers are more than just overworked; they also face:&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Uncertainty and fear for personal safety&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Financial worries&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Helplessness in the face of so many patients who cannot be saved&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;Fake news and conspiracy theories claiming COVID-19 is a hoax&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;The burden placed on healthcare workers is huge. Many were already overworked before the pandemic and struggled with stress and other mental health issues. The problem is amplified as hospitals fill up and beds become scarce. As a healthcare worker, there are steps you can take to learn to navigate this situation:&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;ul&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Accept what you cannot control&lt;/strong&gt;. A major trigger for stress is the feeling of being out of control. Being able to accept that you cannot control everything reduces stress. Do the best you can with what you have and what the situation allows and try to let go of the rest. Healthcare workers want to save everyone, but it simply isn’t possible.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Set boundaries&lt;/strong&gt;. You may need to work a certain number of shifts to earn a living, but beyond that you can control your own boundaries. Set a strict boundary between work and home, for instance. Don’t talk to co-workers until your shift and immerse yourself in family and personal activities when home.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Find outlets for stress relief&lt;/strong&gt;. Once you leave a shift, do what helps you feel better. A physical outlet is often most useful. Do a tough workout, go for a run, or go for a walk. Stress and burnout are both mental and physical. As you release stress through your body, you will feel better mentally.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Rely on your support network&lt;/strong&gt;. If you get home from work only to find you have more chores and tasks you don’t have the time to do, count on family and friends to help. They know how hard you work and will be happy to step in and do some laundry, make you dinner, or go grocery shopping.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Talk to someone&lt;/strong&gt;. Don’t try to bottle up your feelings and be strong. Talking to a friend about your struggles will be a huge relief. If that isn’t enough, consider talking to a mental health professional. They can listen and provide you with healthy coping strategies.&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;As researchers continue to investigate the effects of the pandemic on healthcare and frontline workers, a new trend has emerged: trauma.&lt;a href=”https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.569935/full”&gt; One review of studies&lt;/a&gt; found the prevalence of trauma and trauma-related stress is as high as 35 percent in healthcare workers, especially nurses and female workers. The researchers discovered three types of traumatic experiences among healthcare workers during the pandemic:&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Acute stress reactions&lt;/strong&gt;. Acute stress is an immediate reaction to a situation. Healthcare workers are susceptible to acute stress from working with COVID patients. Many experience trauma-related symptoms as a result, including avoidance, intrusive negative thoughts and memories, irritability, and reactivity.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Vicarious traumatization&lt;/strong&gt;. Trauma does not always result from something that happens directly to you. It can be something you see happen to another person, and healthcare workers are watching record numbers of patients suffer and die. Workers with this kind of trauma experience fatigue, loss of appetite, fear, sleep problems, and relationship conflicts.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li aria-level=”1″&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Traumatic stress&lt;/strong&gt;. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, causes avoidance, intrusive thoughts, and hyperarousal. Many healthcare workers have these symptoms, even if they do not receive a PTSD diagnosis.&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Another study found that certain risk factors make some healthcare workers more likely to develop PTSD or related symptoms: being younger, being female, being unmarried, quarantining or being isolated, and having a previous or existing mental illness.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Some healthcare workers will develop PTSD from the pandemic. Others will have trauma-related symptoms. Preventing them may not be possible, but managing and treating symptoms is. If you have risk factors for being adversely affected by trauma, pay attention to your symptoms, mood, and behaviors. The sooner you get treatment, the better. It can prevent the onset of full-blown PTSD.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Recovery from trauma disorders requires professional care, but you can also take other steps to manage the impact of trauma in healthcare work. Use stress-reduction strategies daily, even when you have a minute break at work. Deep breathing, visualization exercises, and meditation can reduce stress significantly and instantly.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Also important is time spent with friends and family. Trauma and PTSD tend to make people feel isolated and withdrawn. Spend time with people who care about you and who can distract you from the current situation. Laughing and having a little fun in the midst of so much trauma is not disrespectful; it’s a healthy coping strategy.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;It may seem extreme, but if you find it impossible to cope with the current situation, consider leaving your job. If you can find another healthcare position or can afford to take some time off, it may be the best decision for your mental and physical health.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;The truth is that individual healthcare workers should not be solely responsible for preventing and managing burnout. The industry and employers have a role to play in fostering a healthier work environment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;For example,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=”https://medicine.yale.edu/news-article/28490/”&gt; &lt;span&gt;a recent study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span&gt; of the pandemic’s impact found that healthcare workers who felt part of a team on the job experienced less burnout. If employers can foster a supportive, team environment, burnout would not become so prevalent.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;If you can find a job with a hospital or medical center that works in teams, that addresses mental health, and that supports its workers, you can continue to do the job you love but in a healthier way.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;Healthcare workers are struggling right now. If you are one of them, reach out and ask for help. It isn’t a weakness to admit you need help. Talk to friends, talk to family, and talk to a therapist or helpline. Get professional help if that’s what you need to be well and to carry on doing such important work.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;Many people struggle with holiday depression, and for some it peaks on New Year’s Eve. Those with existing depression are particularly vulnerable to the mental health challenges of this big night with major expectations. The start to the new year does not have to be stressful, sad, or lonely. A few changes and new traditions can turn the holiday into something positive and an evening that supports good mental health.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;It can be hard to admit that New Year’s Eve isn’t your favorite holiday. It’s supposed to be one of the best party nights of the year, a time of reflection, and a time to set the tone for the coming year. But these are unreasonable expectations for a single day or night. Let go of the expectations, enjoy this day the way you want, focus on yourself and not what others want you to do, and you can get through this holiday to enjoy a great new year.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;It’s a well-known and researched fact that&lt;a href=”https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2014/Mental-health-and-the-holiday-blues#:~:text=Approximately%20755%20of%20overall%20respondents,pressure%20and%2057%25%20unrealistic%20expectations.”&gt; the holiday season worsens or triggers mental health&lt;/a&gt; symptoms in many people. If you already have depression, this time of year can make it worse, but even people without diagnosed mental illness are vulnerable.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;The entire season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, causes stress, anxiety, and depression for many reasons:&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;li&gt;Stress is a major component of holiday blues. The stress associated with buying gifts, making big dinners, and attending parties can become overwhelming.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;High expectations also trigger bad feelings, especially if you can’t meet them.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Finances cause a great deal of anxiety this time of year, particularly when coupled with the expectations of gift buying.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Some people end up isolated during the holidays, which can trigger depression.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Grief is often amplified at the holidays, especially if you have lost a close loved one.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;The colder weather and shorter days may trigger seasonal depression.&lt;/li&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;All of these issues, and more, apply to New Year’s depression as well, but there’s more to this phenomenon. Loneliness and isolation are major factors. New Year’s Eve is a time when people are expected to be around friends, partying and kissing someone at midnight. If you don’t have these things, it can feel like a failure.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Another issue that differs from the rest of the holiday season is the focus on reflection. Many people look over the past year and see a lot of disappointments. This is especially a problem if you tend to compare your own achievements with those of others.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;The expectations of New Year’s Eve are huge, but another problem is the expectation for a new beginning. Many people feel as if this one holiday should set the tone for the rest of the year, which is unreasonable. If the night doesn’t go well, it does not mean the next 365 days will also be disappointing, but this is how many feel.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;h3&gt;1. Embrace the New Year With Mental Health Resolutions&lt;/h3&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;If you struggle with depression or other mental illnesses, this is a great opportunity to set goals for better mental health.&lt;a href=”https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2019/5-New-Year-s-Resolutions-for-Depression”&gt; Setting resolutions can bring a sense of hope&lt;/a&gt; to the coming year, but it can also be disappointing. Set goals that are reasonable and achievable. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Here are some good examples:&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;ul&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Surround yourself with people who make you happy and begin to cut ties to those who do not.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Bring your focus to what you can control in your own life.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Ask for help when you need it.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;Get professional mental health treatment.&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;/ul&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;These are resolutions you can manage. When you meet them, it will boost your self-esteem and help you realize how much control you have in your life.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;h3&gt;2. Reflect on Your Accomplishments, Not Those of Others&lt;/h3&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Did you fail to meet last year’s resolutions? Did you watch other people achieve goals and do great things while you struggled? Did you have a rough year? Reflecting on the past year can be a positive experience, but also a difficult one.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Reflection can be beneficial if you do it right. Make a list of what you accomplished, no matter how small. For example, if you wanted to lose 20 pounds but only lost 10, view it as a win, not a failure. Most importantly of all, avoid comparing yourself to others. Life is not a competition. It helps to take a break from social media, one of the most insidious comparison tools. Focus on you, your achievements, areas that need improvement, and the type of person you want to be, regardless of others.&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;h3&gt;3. Engage in Distractions&lt;/h3&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Rumination is the negative cousin to reflection. Rumination is an obsessive type of thinking.&lt;a href=”https://www.apa.org/monitor/nov05/cycle”&gt; People with depression tend to ruminate&lt;/a&gt; on negative thoughts and events, worsening depression. At this time of year, reflection can become rumination, triggering more depressive symptoms.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Distraction is a great tool for combatting this negative thought pattern. When you find yourself buried in bad thoughts, find an activity that engages your mind and your body. Exercise is one of the best ways to distract from negative thoughts. When the body is engaged, it’s tough for the mind to obsess. Get out for a walk to enjoy fresh air. If your thoughts persist, listen to a podcast or audiobook while you walk or walk with a friend.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;h3&gt;4. Start a New Tradition That Makes You Happy&lt;/h3&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;It’s time to let go of other people’s expectations. New Year’s Eve does not have to be a big party with a pretty dress and a lot of friends. If that makes you feel worse, do something different. Start a tradition for the holiday that benefits your mental health.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;If this means staying home with your pets and watching movies alone, do it. If you don’t want to be alone, host a small gathering or sleepover with a few close friends. You might be surprised to find that they too would also prefer a small party to a big event.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;h3&gt;5. Reach Out to Others&lt;/h3&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Social isolation only worsens depression. A strong support network is a useful fool in managing depression any time of year. If New Year’s makes you feel lonely, reach out and talk to someone you trust. Ask a friend or family member to spend a quiet New Year’s Eve with you.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Another important connection to make during a difficult time with depression is with a mental health professional. If you have a therapist, call to schedule more sessions or to engage with treatment again if you stopped.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;Consider reaching out to treatment facilities if you’re really struggling. For some people, treatment in a residential center during the holidays is just what the doctor ordered. A treatment center can give you a safe place to ride out the holidays, while you do more than simply survive. They can provide active and varied treatment, a supportive community, and the tools you’ll need to start next year off on the right foot.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;New Year’s depression may be a real phenomenon, but that does not mean it is inevitable or that you can’t do anything about it. Be proactive if you know this time of year impacts your mental health. Reach out to friends and family, make new traditions, reflect in positive ways, and get treatment if you need it.&lt;/p&gt;
    &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/depression/residential-depression-treatment-center/”&gt;&lt;button&gt;Depression Treatment at Bridges&lt;/button&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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    &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Bridges to Recovery offers comprehensive treatment for people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health issues.&lt;a href=”https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/admission/contact-us/”&gt; Contact us&lt;/a&gt; to learn more about our renowned Los Angeles program and how we can help you or your loved one start on the path to lasting wellness.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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    2. Still throwing pot shots at the best president we had in centuries Trump, but right now we are living like hell and looking like a fool in the USA with the new lying Administration

    3. Why won’t you cover the crisis on our border and the people being put in cages. Shame on you tonight show, help these people and get out of politics.
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    4. I live like 5 miles away from where Trump’s plane ✈️ is parked!! Too bad it’s being guarded… Remember Halloween as a kid where we bombed stuff with eggs and shaving cream, then threw TP 🧻 all over it?! Ahh.. Youth!

    5. I’m glad she’s going to come on expose all you idiots on CNN and their followers I am so glad just like Obama was doing the same now it’s Trump’s turn expose all you frauds for what you are are you mental crats

    6. I have always liked you and your jokes and this has nothing to do with politics but none of them was funny at all either way, whether it was about Biden or Trump! It just sucked! You need better writers at this point. And I’ve been watching the show for a while and seen a huge change in the last bit.

    7. AMERICANS if these tabloid shows and not news/media keep thrashing President Trump bashing us??? Ban together and block. Done listening to the one sided bashing and not doing the same for the present person in the white house.
      Block the bashing one sided nonsense!!!

    8. This "Biden-Harris" administration is NO joke. We DIDN’T have a crises on the Border for the FIRST time. Now we have BABIES in pens ON THE FLOOR taken from Cyotes and smugglers that BOUGHT them! While they taunt and laugh at OUR Border Patrol that they’re coming, and Biden said so!

    9. Another democrat stooge without a brain who has become a political idiot to get ratings. take a leaf out of jimmy dores book, fallon you are a fake and a complete fool. You are the joke.

    10. Bahahahaha!!!!! 58 people who are told when to clap and laugh….and he thinks people love him….bahahahahaha!!!! HE GONE DOOOWWWWNNN!!!!! BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    11. Biden is only in because of propaganda and voter fraud, and the vaccine is proven to be more useless than masks, we are living in a western communist regime people

    12. Damn Used to be,713 thousand views in one week ,your losing your Shine, Damn you never had any Talent.Shit Trump On Tellalievision the other day ,Had 2 million Strong,that was Just One Platform..So Jimmy.Jimmy Cap Up , You Dick With Ears.. that makes you a Phoney Fetus

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