Two Minute Drill: It’s Good To Be Back

 

It’s good to have Dr. Jay back on here live with a new Two Minute Drill. Don’t miss this week’s Two Minute Drill where Dr. Jay is talking about mental health, inspired by Simone Bile’s courage at the Olympics.

 

Mental Health

For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Jay recently got COVID and was pretty sick. In addition to being the sickest he has been in his entire life, it definitely took a toll on his mental health as well.

He was literally so sick he was wondering if he was going to live. He was pretty scared and at one point and wondering was he going to be the same again.

Last Monday he was breaking through to finally getting healthier and feeling better thanks to so many people in his life who sent advice, supplements, nurses who provided IVs, and also monoclonal antibodies. All of these helped him turn a corner as of last Monday and he was finally able to start working. However, he remembers waking up Monday morning laying in bed and having this overwhelming feeling of depression, inadequacy, and fear.

So what is the ultimate message he is trying to send to you today?

  • First, how did he get through that first day? It was little baby steps. It was getting out of bed, it was taking a shower (which was not easy), dealing with one email at a time, one zoom call at a time, one task at a time. By the end of the day, he was pretty exhausted but from a mental health perspective, he felt better because he took action.
  • Second, have a tremendous support system so that when you are not feeling your best mentally you can leverage that support system. Make sure you leverage the people that care about you and love you. Because they want to be there for you. They may not know what you are going through, but reach out and those people will be there for you
  • Third, get professional help. There are so many great ways to get professional help. You don’t have to schlep to the psychologist’s office anymore and feel uncomfortable. There is telehealth, online platforms, betterhealth.com, Talkspace is a really great app, and so many more. There are a lot of really great ways to connect with health care professionals who can help us in the comforts of our own homes.

In summary, we all deal with stresses in our own lives, and when we do, take some baby steps. Take some action. That will make you feel better about what you accomplish. Leverage your network and the people that love and care about you. Lastly, get professional help. Leverage online platforms, apps, and or professionals in person who can help you deal with the strains and stress of life itself.

That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. We hope it is helpful and that you take care of not just your physical health but your mental health as well.

 

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