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From wake forest Baptist health. This is Justin Gomez here and we have a special podcast today. This podcast episode is continuing in our series of COVID-19 and Coronavirus related podcasts. And we're going to try something a little different today and we're actually going to have part of the podcast in English and part of the podcast in Spanish and spend your four different audiences just so we can provide resources to the many different communities as possible as we try and update them on different topics we're talking about surrounding COVID-19. So as I do with each of the COVID-19 related podcasts, I do want to offer this reminder of an available resource for all the listeners wakehealth.ed/Coronavirus. That URL is wake health.edu/Coronavirus and you'll find all kinds of different resources, facts versus myths tips for parents working with children through the grew this Cove in 19 situation.
Information about clinic updates a self assessment tool that people can take all kinds of resources including all of these podcasts as well. So I want to offer that as well. If someone has questions and they want to call related to COVID-19 and Coronavirus. We do have the hotline at three, three, six, seven zero COVID as well. So just a quick reminder for everyone listening now on to this, this really cool podcast that we're going to be doing today. We have a very special guests is dr Ellie Marie and she is a licensed psychologist and then the assistant professor, she's with our pediatric psychology and behavioral health department here at wake forest Baptist health. So welcome doctor. How are you?
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Basically, thank you for joining us. I know you've been pretty busy lately and thank you for taking the time. So we're going to be talking on, on the mental health side of things once again today specifically around building resilience and, and wellness during some difficult times such as such as now with COVID-19. But before we dive into some of the things we're going to discuss, if you wouldn't mind just giving a little bit of background about yourself and how long you've been with wake forest Baptist health and maybe what you do day to day with, with patients. Okay,
Perfect. So I'm going to do it in English and Spanish, all the people that are out there. So my name is again, certainly Medica Yaddo. I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I'm a licensed psychologist in the state of North Carolina and a pediatric psychologist here at since last year's. I'm here for just one year basically. I has been working with population, with medical conditions like chronic medical conditions and mental health for more than five or six years, mainly children's and teenagers. And also I have a lot of experience working in dry Medicare and specialty clinics. And right now I'm part of the leadership of the Latinex affinity group at wake forest to Puerto Rico. So now is and Brenner's. I'm going to Peter's brainers, she's ran psyche and wait for us in a a table Ethan look, but he has kept in, in the lung clinic. I think we are opening Mario or . They umatinex affinity group or Latina and wait for us.
Okay. Thank you doctor. That was a great introduction. I do want to dive into our first topic of discussion which is during these difficult times you know, as you're well aware and most people listening our, our lives and been affected the vast majority of people and noticeably do true, you know, having to rearrange work schedules and work from home, you know, maybe help our children with virtual learning from home or, or you know, the shelter in place and, and social distancing and has, has definitely been a learning curve for a lot of us. So it's definitely been a difficult time for some people for sure. And you know, I really like what you wanted to talk about with, with building resilience of, you know, not necessarily becoming overwhelmed with, with all the things happening, but you're, you can offer some, some advice and tips on building resilience. So once again, it's building resilience and wellness difficult times. So it's a constantly, even though resiliency and being inspired around wrong and you post it, if you see less. And if you want to go ahead and, and, and talk about building resilience E country indoor resilience in English and Spanish, that would be, that'd be a great start.
Okay. Sounds good. So I'm gonna start in English. Basically it is important to understand first what means resilience. So basically resilience is the ability to cope with adversity and to use challenges to forget, you know, to force trends. And prosperity doesn't mean that you do not struggle or make me steaks or need to ask for help. Basically resilient people learn from their misfortunes and rely in others with confidence and trust. So basically in Spanish um, calso alter no or . Um, so w we talk about resilience, um, weathis question like how we can build resilience and we have different ways in which we can basically build that. And everybody's different. So everybody be overselling in a different way, but are going to be discussing some points that could be useful in these difficult situations of their current providers and everything that is happening in this society. So, um, um incy in um, the, tdifferent money, eh, um, I dunnoou have any questions or,
Yeah, so, you know based upon that, the kind of foundation of resilience and building up resilience you know, one or to follow up with, with wellness and, and self regulation. So as part of having resilience you know, we have some ideas of, of making sure our wellness is as well as wellness is as well as it can be as good as it can be. And our self regulation. So if you wouldn't mind just talking a little bit about in this context what specifically you mean with self regulation and how that ties into improving our wellness. So it's come up with Domus, some may. Horizon Nuestro the inspire E. Otto.
Okay. Yeah. So basically it is important to do start to identify what is causing you stress or anxiety or what is making you feel frustrated in this situation and even defy what coping skills you already has and what coping skills works for you in the past. And are gonna be mentioned some stuff that you can use now and to kind of lay, see the situation in different view. So Basilica, manta is important. They meet our , eh, . Money has a seat as soon as so some of the teams,uthat I would like to share with you is, for example,uwe can reframe our interpretations or expectations of the situation and but at him blow 'em out. I mean more asset eh, interpret him blow in social and so is in process. Okay.
So as said, the reality of the situation of their current coronavirus but have the ability to interpret it or interpret though our adversities we face or for example, have appreciation for what we have gained. This is very interesting because sometimes we are just seeing the negative of the situation, like all the bad stuff, but sometimes we are gaining some stuff from this situation. For example, more time with our families or you know, be able to think about a project that I forgot at home, things like that. So something more important they um, thther thing that we can do also is identify what you can control and why, why you cannot control eh, this is very important because sometimes we just focusing what we can not control, like, and we feel frustrated because obviously we don't have any control over the situation. And, but when we change our mind to what we can control, we focus the attention on how we can make the situation better. And we even supply points of control and takes advantage of them. So busting them and say, uh, okay
Other, the stuff that can help us to manage the situation that we are having right now, like being a whole man, you know, so shall they stand saying and all that is seek support for you. When we talk about support potential, think about sense of community. And I know we are in a very difficult time right now because we are not, you know, doing activities that we are used to like go outside or spend time with families and friends, but we are able to connect with that people. We can do it by phone or face time or weekend. I don't know. Text messages are, I think something that many people are using now is these videos where beds or things like that to connect with family that already know their places. So that is very, very important because when we even defy a support system that is leaving the same situation that we are, we feel better because we can share emotions and we can share feelings. And in the case of kids is very important to have an adult that provides a stability and support. Because they're going to make a difference how they manage the situation in the future or how they manage the situation right now. So, and, and or the WebEx or lessee to assume in or
Really good pointers, doctor about this idea of, of, of self regulation and wellness. And I really liked the point you brought up about, I think oftentimes, you know, I've experienced this before myself personally and I'm sure some other people have about, you know, we, we, we start our mind starts going and going fast and fast about maybe some stuff we can control, but then some stuff we can't control in, in, it starts kind of racing from one thing to the next and just the worry and then the anxiety of, of of those thoughts. So I really liked the idea of just focusing on what you can control and the support as well, I think is so important. I know for so many people during this time to reach out to their, to their social networks. You know, I was talking with dr Scoggin earlier, another one of our staff here at wake forest Baptist and he said, you know, we like the idea now of not using social distancing but physical distancing cause we don't want people to be socially distant, just physically distant but still be connected socially for those support systems.
Yeah. I think also it is very important to, to be very, very flexible in this situation. I think many people are having, you know, a big change in their life. Like they, they start to work from home and it's something new for them and they are getting used to with the system. But also some people just lost their jobs and they are dealing with financial issues and they are dealing with other stressors or East how we can find a happy medium and be flexible with the situation. Because again, we can not control some stuff that are external but we can control some stuff. And when we go with the flow, it's a little bit more met, you know, more easy to manage the difficult situation. And so and, and that helps us do to practice as sentence or our knowledge of the situation that just change our life and how we can make this situation better. So say Oh.
Well thank you. That's some more good information. I did want to ask one one other question as we're kinda getting close to wrapping up here. Yeah. You know, one thing that I wonder about just with, with staying focused on what we can control and, and staying focused on, on our daily tasks or would be helping, helping our mind not to wander so much would be good use of, of time management and the importance of time management and organization. I know that that's helped a lot with, with virtual learning from home with, with the kiddos and trying to stay and maintain some sort of schedule with the kids. And I know that can translate over to to our, our days as well, whether we're working from home or maybe, you know, even if we are, we've lost our job for the time being some people, you know being structured and organized on, on what they can accomplish daily to to maintain their level of wellness. C E important. .
Yeah. I think basically you mentioned what we'd recommend is like try to maintain the routine and the stereo as is, you know, as before. But being flexible again, you know, sometimes we do go, I'm going to be in the mood. Sometimes you're just going to be tired and anxious and is okay. You know, it's important to Valley those emotions that sometimes we just spoke God and we feel even a Chaim or we feel like bad because we're having all these strong emotions and that is not helping me to be productive in my time or it's not helping me to do my job as I'm doing my job in the past. So I think it's very, very important to kind of manage the time as the best that you can, but also to recognize that you need time for yourself and how you can do a balance between me time and the time they're going to spend where my kids are with my family and the time they're going to spend doing work or homework in the case of kids.
So basically thinks that can help. It's usually Scottio like, okay, I can be by activities on the days or I going to spend this hour just to take a break and kind of do a mindfulness or size and go outside and connect with the nature and then reconnect back to my activity. Or I wanna do this time to do work and then I'm going to take a break to cook and do something with the family. And then maybe I can go back to the word that, the good thing is when we are at home, we are more flexible to manage our time, but sometimes we can just feel overwhelmed for the expectations. So is more important. Basic, I'm in there in LA Casa , I think uthis is almost the and I look at them being, I'm waiting for them. There's a E RSS, simpler. .
So is it really, really important to also even defy this expectations of being over productive and in our regular time, I think many people is talking about like, you need to do a lot of stuff in your free time and now you are more time at home. Maybe you can finish your projects. And that is not a reality for many people. Many people are dealing with a lot of emotions and a lot of feelings around the coffee situation and he's okay not being productive, you know, it's okay to deal with that. And I think we need to be very careful with the user or the time, but also be conscious about that and not everybody going to be in the same level of expectations with time management. And so people need just trying to sleep or a time to go outside and connect with the nature or you know, sign to just breathe and debrief their emotions too. So I think that is something really important to consider when we talk about that management organization too.
Yeah, I, I think you hit the nail on the head. I think that's, that's fantastic information that you're providing that of you know, offering yourself and the people around you, you know, grace and patience. Let's, let's ability can be really, really helpful during these times for sure. Well this has been fantastic. Just a reminder, we've been chatting with dr Elliot with wake forest Baptist health about you know, just different advice and tips for, for just helping our, our mental wellness and building resilience during, during these difficult times of Coronavirus. So thank you so much, doctor for joining us today. This has been great information. Thank you for having me. I wish I could ask. Yes. so we will connect dr I hope you come join us again. Once we get past, past this Coronavirus, COVID, nag teen timeframe, and then we can talk about another topic. Yeah, thank you so much and to everyone listening out there, thank you for taking the time to listen gaseous and until
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