Health Psychology Class

What remains the same in times of change?

Psychology Exercise from this Week’s Class

Grounding and Anchoring for Anxiety

Make a list of what remains consistent in times of rapid change and use it as a grounding technique at the start and end of each day.

  • The Sun Still Rises
  • Your Coffee Tastes Delicious
  • The Trees Greet You on Your Walk
  • Your Favourite Movie Still Delights
  • Your Bed is Comfie at the End of the Day
  • The Street You Live on Hasn’t Changed

In doing so, you anchor yourself in a sense of knowing and trust in your built-in strengths, comforts, and joy. ⚓️

Your Turn

  • What Are Your Anchors in Times of Change?
  • What Has Remained the Same Since Covid Began?
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  1. Anchors that hold me to the present–like the sun still rises, sleep is still a break in doing, and friends.

    But even in the midst of all this, there are days when none of those really anchor because, in the midst of change, they can morph into unsafe things. Jesus is really the only anchor that is reliable–the same yesterday, today, and forever.

    Not wanting to get preachy, but I have found that during this pandemic, people are a lot less reliable. Not a loss–a reality. Makes me more aware of how I show up. How I need to care for others.

    Thanks for your hope-filled encouragement. You know your stuff, my friend.

    1. Perhaps one of the reasons people are less reliable now is that we really have no idea the burdens people manage quietly, on their own. Something they could do more easily before the pandemic. And still be available for our needs.

      Truth be told Dayle, I am experiencing this dynamic with a sibling right now, and I have to be really honest with her about what I can and cannot help her with anymore. She gets it. Thank God.

      My availability before the pandemic is not the same as what it is now. My job now is 40 percent more complicated than it was before.

      But though it is painfully hard for me to say no to being available like before the pandemic, I have no choice because of the triple burdens in my own life now helping my 300 students adapt to in person learning with masks, 24/7 cleaning, and ongoing fears.

      Which is why I start and end each psychology class with WHAT’S STRONG instead of what wrong. It helps us stay focused on what matters.

      Thank you also Dayle for ongoing encouragement too! You always get me thinking ….

      1. You know, Andrea, you have a lot on your plate. 300 students are the substance of your work. Family relations often don’t get what we have as responsibilities. I really respect you drawing some boundaries. You have a remarkable amount of strength and perseverance.

  2. I love it! Such a unique view to something generally regarded as depressing. Well done Dr. Andrea, truly. We are the beneficiaries of both your wisdom and knowledge, to say nothing of your energy. Blessings, Peter.

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