By Janice M. Kusch, Ph.D.
Recent events have placed an inordinate amount of stress on all of us due to political conflict, racial tension, and the ongoing viral pandemic. Individually, and collectively, these events can cause significant feelings of division, uncertainty, fear, and anger. Moreover, these events call us to reexamine our truths, change our lifestyles, and adjust our expectations.
Each day we set aside conflicting news reports with diverse opinions from leadership and those around us to come to work and do our jobs. Our HPMC OMS and BHS teams do an outstanding job putting a professional foot forward each day to provide Hanford Site workers with quality patient care. In return, the structure and camaraderie of the workday provides an important means of coping by offering a set routine, diversion from the news, skill building, and some environmental control. Our workplace also presents opportunities for more light-hearted conversations, identifying positive outcomes, and engaging in laughter; all of which increase our success for long-term coping.
Professional calmness, however, may feel a bit odd or even emotionally cold or indifferent at times. How can we act so normal when so many things around us are so painful, unjust, or scary? It is important to keep in mind that everyone reacts to and copes with stress differently. Some people need to process their thoughts and feelings out loud, while others use distance, avoidance, and may even socially withdraw. These differences are further magnified by the increased sensitivity that develops from exposure to prolonged stress.
A good policy for coping in the workplace is to avoid engaging in analyzing others’ stress reactions or personalizing their behaviors. Instead, look for opportunities to provide support and understanding, tolerance and open-mindedness, and above all, respect for all who make our workplace a rich and diverse culture.
If you are interested in further strategies for enhancing your coping during these turbulent times, be sure to check out The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) article, “7 Tools for Managing Traumatic Stress.” https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2019/7-Tools-for-Managing-Traumatic-Stress.
Join us at the 2019 Health & Safety Expo. Our exhibit features the AmeriLungs + Heart®. It is a combination walk through exhibit that shows how the human lungs and heart work together. It features all of the heart chambers and valves, blood circulation through the heart and lungs with gas exchange, and has highlighted educational placards on lung cancer, COPD, pneumonia, flu, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and heart disease. We will have additional information on cardiopulmonary health- focusing on aerobic exercise.
The event is free to the public and open April 16 and 17, from 7am to 7pm, at the TRAC Center in Pasco. See you there!
Food Drive November 1-30 HPM Corporation is proud to support the health and needs of our community by organizing a food drive November 1-30 for Second Harvest.
Donation boxes are located at:
o 1979 Snyder HPMC OMS Patient Lobby
o 1979 Snyder Main Lobby
o 2490 Garlick Building Lobby
o Fermi Building Lobby
o HAMMER Admin Building Lobby
o HAMMER Operations Building 6089
o 2704HV Lobby (200E)
o 200W Clinic Lobby
o Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Office Lobby
o HPM Corporation Office Lobby
Most needed items include
Canned Fish and Lean Meats
Healthy Soups and Stews
Dry or Canned Beans
Whole Grain Pasta, Rice and Cereal
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Peanut Butter and other Nut Butters
Let’s fill the boxes! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!