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Coronavirus Stress: Layoffs

Even as businesses reopen, millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. So how can you help a friend or family member get back on their feet?  

Coronavirus Stress | Have you or someone you love been laid off?

 

As we begin our fifth week of Savannah’s #stayathome order, those who have lost jobs or whose loved ones may be temporarily unemployed are really hurting. The stress of coronavirus is really hitting home.

Mental health is an important part of overall well-being, and so we have asked Dr. Davana Pilczuk to offer some suggestions for dealing with coronavirus stress, including the challenge of losing one’s job and the stress of being apart from others.

How can you help someone you love deal with the stress of being laid off?

Just Listen

First, just listen to them. When people come to us to vent or complain, we tend to start giving out advice. Try to do the opposite. If a loved one calls you up and tells you the painful news, just listen. Fight the urge to lecture or advise and just truly listen.

Questions Calm the Brain

When we get upset, it’s hard to think logically and see next steps. We react with our primitive brain, where fear and anxiety reside. By asking questions, we use the prefrontal cortex, or the logical part of our brains, which is the part we need to help us make some rational decisions. Questions like, “What are you most upset about?” “What are some old hobbies that might occupy your time?” actually help calm people down. 

Define Help

Don’t assume you know what someone needs when they turn to you for help. Instead, ask what help looks like. Asking something like, “How exactly can I help you?” in order to clearly understand what’s needed will make the conversation more productive, for both of you.

Actually Help

Well wishes are nice to hear, but someone who is truly struggling will need more than that. If the person who comes to you for help is important to you, or has helped you in the past, then step up. Hire them for a little side business. Let them tweak your webpage, walk your dog, or cut your grass. Whatever it is, actually provide them some active form of help.

People Need Purpose

When someone you care about is hurting due to coronavirus stress or temporary unemployment, more than their pocketbook has been injured. We derive a great deal of purpose and value from our work and when that is taken from us, we suffer an emotional loss.

Be kind in these moments, listen, ask questions and remind your loved one that they still have great value in this world and you are here to help them through this.

Davana PilczukDr. Davana Pilczuk, Owner & Principal, The Human Performance Group LLC

 

Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety

Are you worried about what might happen to your finances, your loved ones, or your own health, and the future… you are not alone. 

Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety

Most of us will be okay. Among those who do contract Covid-19, most people’s chances of surviving the disease is high.

Nevertheless, given the situation we face, you might find yourself very much on edge. We are all feeling a sense of loss. But by focusing on the resources you do have and the things you can do, you can begin to manage that anxiety. 

BCG medical group has asked Dr. Davana Pilczuk to offer some advice on how to reduce coronavirus anxiety:

Concern about WHAT IF

Most fear is about right now. Anxiety, however, is always about things that haven’t happened yet.

Anxiety usually starts with the words “what if.” What if I lose my job? What if my spouse brings the virus home? What if I never see a certain family member again? Learn to recognize when you are over-focused on these “what if” questions.

A Perceived Threat

Notice the word “perceived” here. Not all things we perceive to be scary or threatening actually are. Public speaking is most people’s biggest fear, yet there really is nothing truly harmful or dangerous about talking in front of people. Our brains just overly focus on the ‘what ifs’ and we end up perceiving public speaking as being something terrifying. So pay attention to when you are perceiving a threat to be worse than it really is. 

Underestimating Ourselves

Along with over-perceiving the threat, we also underestimate our ability to handle the threat. We all have resources -knowledge, experience, skills – to help us handle difficult situations in life, but we forget about them when we feel anxious. 

Two Key Questions to help manage coronavirus anxiety: 

When you find yourself feeling anxious, ask yourself these two important questions:

  1. Is this a real threat and
  2. Do I have the ability to handle it?

The fact is, most perceived threats aren’t as bad as our minds make them out to be, and we tend to underestimate our abilities to handle the tough stuff in life. Every time you begin to feel stressed about something, big or little, ask yourself these two questions and walk yourself down from feeling anxious.

See also: Dealing with Loneliness during #StayHome

Davana PilczukDr. Davana Pilczuk, Owner & Principal, The Human Performance Group LLC

 

Stay at Home Loneliness

Our relationships with others help us thrive and survive. So what can you do when you are cut off from loved ones and dealing with Stay at Home loneliness? 

Dealing with Stay at Home Loneliness

You probably know someone who in “solo quarantine” and dealing with loneliness during this fifth week of Savannah’s #stayathome order. Maybe YOU are alone, prohibited from seeing children, grandchildren, or others you depend on.

Being social is about finding ways to connect with one another so that we can all share in the human experience. Television does NOT count. So have asked Dr. Davana Pilczuk for some advice on how to be social when distant.  

Here are some ways to connect with loved ones and others during a time when we can’t see one another in person: 

Schedule Calls with Friends

Schedule personal calls or FaceTime meetings like it’s your job! And don’t minimize these meetings because they are ‘personal’. These personal calls are exceptionally important to our physical and mental health right now, so make friendships a priority just like you would a staff meeting.

Adopt a Pet 

Many animal shelters are understaffed right now and unable to fully care for all their animals, so why not foster a pet to keep you company for the next few weeks? Pets are wonderful sources of love and are a welcome distraction from many of the stresses we are facing. Plus, it’s hard to feel lonely when a Great Dane is lying next to you.

Meet Your Backyard Buddy

Look for your neighbors when they are out in the yard or on the street and say, “Hello!”

Be sure to ask if they are okay and strike up a conversation you might not otherwise have had (while staying at least 6 feet apart). Realizing you aren’t alone in this will make you feel better.

Beat Stay at Home Loneliness with Technology

There are so many great apps to help us connect. Download FaceTime or Zoom and set up a Wednesday cooking class with your gal pals. Friday nights can be “Pictionary” night with the grandkids. On Sundays, many churches are hosting virtual services online via Facebook Live. Many artists are performing on social media – pick one and plan to share it with someone you love. 

Write Letters 

Once upon a time people actually wrote letters to each other. They would exchange endearing notes, cards and drawings expressing how much they missed each other and looked forward to being together.

Why not reignite that tradition with the special people in your life, because who doesn’t love getting a love note in the mail to make them feel special? If you need stamps, buy them online and have them delivered to your door. 

You may also be interested in: Dealing with Anxiety during Coronavirus

Davana PilczukDr. Davana Pilczuk, Owner & Principal, The Human Performance Group LLC

We are Privia Health Providers

A new partnership in support of your health.

As of March 31, 2020, Drs. Bradley, Corse, and Gaskin have joined with Privia Health in order to improve your access to care.

Your provider will not change. We still work closely with both major hospital systems in Savannah, Chatham County, and South Georgia. But you should notice dramatic improvements your ability to get care when you need it – FAST – with less waiting.

“Privia Health’s smart tech is a game changer,” says Dr. Bradley. “Our new systems support your health not only in our office, but at specialists’ offices, at the pharmacy counter, and even in the hospital, providing the information your providers need at lightning speed.”

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Privia Providers in Savannah

What is Privia Health?

Privia Health is a national organization of physicians and health care providers.

As a Privia provider in Savannah, BCG Medical Group now has access to tools and technologies to keep us better connected with you. This will allow our providers to remain 100% focused on patient care.

Better yet, with over 360 providers across the state, and a large national network, we can now provide a seamless experience when it comes to referrals, testing, imaging, and prompt access to your health records.

What does it mean for BCG Medical Group?

Advances in technology mean that we are living longer, healthier lives, but for independent health care providers, keeping pace can be expensive. Indeed, the “busy work” of administrating care and dealing with insurers has overwhelmed some practices.

This partnership is a game-changer, freeing up time for Drs Bradley, Corse, and Gaskin and our other providers to do what they do best.

As Russell Gray of Privia says, “The goal is to keep the doctor-patient relationship at the center of the healthcare delivery system. Everything else should work to support that.”

 

BCG now offers Virtual Visits

See your provider from the comfort and safety of your home.

As part of our coordinated response to Covid-19, BCG Medical Group is pleased to announce virtual visits with our providers.

You can now meet with your preferred provider from your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Of course, there will be times when it makes more sense to come into the office, but for follow-up appointments, management of chronic conditions, and other “check-ins,” we can connect virtually. No more waiting room!

  • If you need immediate attention or are having trouble breathing, please call 911.
  • Most insurance companies now cover virtual visits. (Please call your insurance company to confirm coverage.
  • Schedule anytime for visits during our regular office hours: 7AM to 5PM Monday through Friday.
  • Please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to cancel or reschedule.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO FOR A VIRTUAL VISIT?

In order to ensure a seamless experience, your laptop, mobile phone, or tablet will need to be equipped with:

  • A webcam,
  • microphone
  • and strong internet connection.

Please use Google Chrome web browser on your laptop or desktop computer. If using a mobile device or tablet, download the myPrivia mobile app in the Apple or Google Play app store.

CANCELLING YOUR APPOINTMENT

If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so 24 hours before your appointment in order to avoid a $25 cancellation fee.

Our Response to Covid-19

A message from doctors Bradley, Corse, and Gaskin

As Covid-19 continues to impact our communities, you can rely on BCG Medical Group to serve your health care needs.

We are OPEN, accepting appointments from patients and new patients. As of March 23, we are now offering “virtual visits” (click here to learn more). Additionally, we have enhanced our intake and screening process, as well as our in-office sterilization and sanitization procedures, in order to better protect our providers, our staff, and you.

Below, we discuss the changes at BCG and how you can stay clear of the coronavirus.

What is Covid-19?

COVID-19 is a highly-contagious coronavirus. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and infection may result in death. The following symptoms most often appear within 14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are having trouble breathing or experience persistent pain or pressure in the chest, please call 911 immediately.

The preferred source for information on the coronavirus and its spread is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. Click here to read CDC recommendations for how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you are sick.

New Service: BCG Telehealth

As part of our coordinated response to Covid-19, BCG Medical Group is pleased to announce virtual visits with our providers. These virtual consultations are now covered by most insurance companies. (We ask that you please call your insurance company to confirm coverage.) Click here to learn more about virtual visits or to schedule.

Protecting Your Health

BCG Medical Group taking all possible precautions in order to protect the health our patients, providers, and staff. In addition to virtual visits, we have implemented the following enhanced intake and screening procedures.

  • Every patient will be required to answer COVID-specific screening questions (as you would at the ER).
  • Every patient will be provided with a face mask upon entry.
  • We encourage vulnerable persons to wait in their car after checking in at the front desk.
  • Our staff is disinfecting doorknobs and surfaces before and after every patient visit.
  • As always, our providers observe the strictest hygiene and sterilization regimens.

We will continue to review and update these measures daily.

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Please visit the CDC website to learn more about how to protect yourself from infection.
Principally, the CDC recommends that you clean your hands often:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC also advises that we avoid close contact with people who are sick, and that we put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

BCG recommends that you observe state and local guidelines as, together, we work to end the spread of COVID-19.