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Time to head back to the new normal [Video]

Tips to handle the anxiety of unmasking and going back to the office.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As the mask mandates lift in Michigan and more of us head back to the office, many have an uneasy feeling about stepping back into life as we "knew it." For some, it's even causing panic attacks. 

Bob Vandepol is the executive director of the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and has some advice to help us get back to at least some kind of normal. 

It's important to understand that the pandemic did traumatize us. So how do we cope?

Vandepol says the worst thing you can so is pretend you're okay. We need to acknowledge it's okay to have anxiety about what the new normal is and break it down in a way that our minds can handle the change.

"Recognize the fact that I've done hard things before. How …

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8 Ways to Stop Feeling Empty Inside [Video]

Have you been feeling empty lately? Lonely? Numb? Or Hopeless? Emotional numbness, believe it or not, actually boils down to our bodies’ three evolutionary stress responses: fight, flight, or freeze. When you go through any event in life that is extremely taxing in an emotional or physical way, your body’s survival mechanism is activated and causes your psyche to go into the “freeze” mode. This blocks out the pain from negatively affecting you any further. Emptiness can also just be a feeling of general dissatisfaction or lack of fulfillment which leads to an inability to experience positive emotions. Although it may provide a comfortable escape for a little while, this type of depersonalization can be very harmful to the mind over time. So with the goal of overcoming emptiness, here are few ways to stop feeling empty inside. Want to know the real reason behind your emptiness? We made a video about that too: https://youtu.be/_by5mfkBni4 Writer: Aditi Nambiar Script Editor: Morgan Franz Script Manager: Kelly Soong VO: Amanda Silvera Animator: NaphiaYouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong References:Burns, M. (2020, November 26). Why You’re Feeling Empty and How to Fill the Void. Lifehack. Retrieved February 20, 2021, from https://www.lifehack.org/582113/feel-empty-why-all-feel-empty-sometimesG., S. (2020, January 8). A Blueprint to Healing From Depersonalization. NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Health Illness. Retrieved February 20, 2021, from https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/A-Blueprint-to-Healing-From-DepersonalizationGilbertson, T., MA, LPC. (2014, November 12). ‘I Feel Empty’: How to Overcome Feelings of Emptiness. Good Therapy. Retrieved February 20, 2021, from https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/i-feel-empty-how-to-overcome-feelings-of-emptiness-1112145Lo, I. (2018, October 31). Depersonalisation: Why Do I Feel Empty and Numb? Psychology Today. Retrieved February 20, 2021, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/living-emotional-intensity/201810/depersonalisation-why-do-i-feel-empty-and-numbNuamburg, C. (n.d.). 6 Simple Steps to Being More Mindful. Seleni. Retrieved February 20, 2021, from https://www.seleni.org/advice-support/2018/3/21/6-simple-steps-to-being-more-mindfulTen Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health. (n.d.). University Health Service- University of Michigan. Retrieved February 20, 2021, from https://uhs.umich.edu/tenthingsJoin this channel to get access to perks:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJEpR7JmS36tajD34Gp4VA/joinWould you like to animate for the team? Check out this: https://psych2go.net/interested-in-animating-for-pych2go-faq/Interested in writing for psych2go? Check out: https://psych2go.net/script-writing-position-faqs/

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Many people go through life carrying trauma from the past. The people who may seem the happiest carry a burden that they don’t talk about, keeping it locked in their heads. But mental illness incidences are more common than you think, you’re bound to know someone who is secretly hurting inside. So here are a few signs. Original article & sources: https://psych2go.net/6-signs-that-someone-is-secretly-hurting-inside/We also made a video on the signs someone is secretly hiding their pain from you: https://youtu.be/AX9ArHCptFMWriter: Joshua Munoz Script Editor: Vanessa Tao Script Manager: Kelly Soong VO: Amanda Silvera Animator: Marissa Rose Maldonado ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd6izK93Y7rBC60IJL9Hdeg )YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong Join this channel to get access to perks:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJEpR7JmS36tajD34Gp4VA/joinWould you like to animate for the team? Check out this: https://psych2go.net/interested-in-animating-for-pych2go-faq/Interested in writing for psych2go? Check out: https://psych2go.net/script-writing-position-faqs/