May 18, 2020
We hope you can utilize these helpful articles as this unprecedented worldwide pandemic enters its third month of lockdown. CISM skills are necessary now more than ever as healthcare workers and first responders struggle with compassion fatigue and burnout. Please continue to support each other and strengthen relationships.
April 10, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the wellbeing of first responders and health care professionals the focus of countless news stories. These helpers tend to push their own needs aside to care for others even though self care can make helpers happier, healthier, and able to support others more effectively.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative for those “in the “trenches” to practice self care. Just like on an airplane, it is important to put on your own oxygen mask before supporting others.

How Will We Address the Trauma Health Care Workers Have Suffered

March 18, 2020
ICISF co-founder Dr. George S Everly says in his book The Resilient Child:
Us older folks need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. But, I’ll tell you a secret: I recently discovered “the nap”. Yes, that afternoon departure from consciousness lasting 15-30 minutes. I used to think a nap was something old people or babies did, but one of my daughters saved me from this mistaken idea. One day, she said she was going to take a nap.
“A nap?” I said. “You take naps?”
“Yeah, dad – power naps.”
Ah, the power nap. Yes, indeed, wording is everything!
If the “power nap” sounds good to you, there may even be a “super power nap”…the relaxation response. Dr. Herbert Benson authored a highly influential book in 1975 entitled The Relaxation Response, which reported on research showing that meditation and related practices were able to create a state that he termed “the relaxation response.”  His research and the work of others have shown that the relaxation response is not only the opposite of the classic “fight or flight” stress response, but prolonged practice can actually assist in the development of resistance to stress and a highly resilient mind and body. Now, couldn’t we all use some relaxation?
Additional postings on sleep & wellness:
December 18, 2019

Around the holiday season there is often an increase in feelings of stress as time and money resources are drained, and many people struggle with unresolved and recent losses. Self-care is essential year round, but even more so during this stressful season.

Proactive self-care can help all of us. Or if things are stress-free in your life, the tips in the attached articles will help you enjoy the season even more. Remember self-care happens all year long, not just the holidays.

November 20, 2019

Our information revolution and post-industrial society has created more service industries than ever before with an emphasis on community wellness and taking care of each other being a common goal.

The African proverb “it takes a village” often refers to the myriad of people, their actions and collaborative efforts and how it benefits their community.  Although traditionally those in emergency services and/or public safety are recognized as helpers and often heroes, sometimes other professionals and lay persons are able to put their talents and specialties into helping others.

Musicians, farmers, scientists, survivors and caregivers all do their part to make a difference.  Here’s to those who make it happen:

Thanks and gratitude to our village!