Coping With the Holidays During the Year of COVID

Interview with Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

There is a lot going on in terms of Psychophysiology when trauma is being felt—or in other words, our brains affect our body and visa versa. This information is imperative when it comes to learning how to calm our bodies and re-regulate our nervous system.

Talking Points from Dr. Cira
On Political Anxiety:

Holiday stress is common this time of year, but this year’s pandemic have made the holidays particularly challenging to our mental health—concerns for our health and the health of those we love, feelings of loneliness with less social interactions, not being to enjoy in-person shopping as much by avoiding large crowds, little to none of the holiday parties with our family or colleagues that we typically enjoy this special time of year, etc. Here a few tips for better managing your emotional health, always, and especially during the Holidays.

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4 Things Parents Should Avoid With Their Kids

Available for Interviews: Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview on Raising Children:

  1. Do not make your children your life. This may sound crazy because for most of us parents, we often feel like our children ARE our life, but here’s the problem. When we build our life around every aspect of our children—their desires, their hobbies, their opinions—several negative things tend to happen: a) we neglect our our own needs; b) we neglect our partner/relationship/marriage; c) we teach our children that the world revolves around them. Of course we want to prioritize quality time with our kids and carve out time in our schedules to support them in things that interest them, but please: also make them go to the grocery store, also keep up with your own interests/hobbies and also continue to spend quality time with your partner.
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Why Introverts Shut Down and Tips for Managing

Available for Interviews:Carol Barkes

 

Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.

 

Some Talking Points from Carol Barkes can say in an interview
on Introverts:

 

  • Introverts often “shut down” because the “fight or flight” part of their brain (technically, the limbic system) gets triggered by being out of their comfort zone. 

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Pandemic Stress: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Adrenal Burnout

Available for Interviews: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel, Chiropractic Physician, is the owner of the Chiropractic Wellness Center in Ramsey, NJ. For over 30 years, his mission is to provide state of the art, high-quality care to people of all ages. 

 

Talking Points from Michael Evangel 
on How to Avoid Adrenal Burnout Associated With the Coronavirus:

 
The 24/7 media coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic is causing the general public to experience a very high level of ongoing stress and anxiety. Watching too much coverage creates information overload and not watching enough may produce a feeling that you are missing out on something that you should know. It is smart to find your own “Goldilocks Zone.”

The Power of Thank You in a Crisis

Available for Interviews: Ron Karr

Ron Karr is a Leadership and Influence Expert who presents to organizations worldwide and coaches CEO’s and Leadership Teams. He is the creator of the Velocity Mindset® and author of the CEO Bestselling Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way.

 

All of us are seeing celebrations on a daily basis to thank the health care workers, first responders and essential workers.  But what are companies doing on an individual basis to thank their “essential” employees who are showing up in tough times to keep the organization going and the paychecks flowing.

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5 Ways to Manage Polarized Topics Via Social Media

Available for Interviews: Carol Barkes

 

Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.

 

Talking Points from Carol Barkes on what she can say in an interview
about Managing Polarized Topics Via Social Media

 

    1. Do consider your purpose. Are you just venting? Trying to make a change? Lashing out? What you post should take your purpose into consideration. If you are looking to have an honest, open dialog, posts that discredit opposing opinions with judgment and venom are unlikely to accomplish your objective.  Instead, consider asking questions. Pose your observation and be willing to consider others’ opinions – even if they differ from yours.
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7 Steps to Better Anger Management

Available for Interviews: Carol Barkes

 

Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.

 

Talking Points from Carol Barkes on what she can say in an interview
about How to Manage Your Anger:
 

1) Explore the root of your anger. Anger is a secondary emotion in that there are other emotions that manifest as anger. It can be especially helpful to explore the underlying emotions that are leading to anger as they provide insight into what is the root issue. It can also be helpful as these underlying emotions pave the way to a better understanding of your feelings by giving you more adjectives to use. For instance, you might be frustrated, sad, or feel that you have been treated unfairly, feel that you have no power, etc. When you can use more words to express yourself rather than that you are just angry, it not only feels better but it helps others understand you better.

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What Do Hormones Have to Do With Your Mental Well-Being?

Available for Interviews: Dr. Eldred Taylor

Here are some short bullets from Dr. Taylor to give you a sense of what he could say on this story:

  • Getting the full picture of what’s going on hormonally in the body helps to get on the right path to mental wellbeing.
  • These symptoms mimic bipolar disorder. Many times people are told they are dealing with bipolar but are never tested for hormone issues.  This is a big problem because it can absolutely be a hormone issue. Continue reading “What Do Hormones Have to Do With Your Mental Well-Being?”

National Keep Smiling Week / National Smile Day

And now . . . something to smile about!

National Keep Smiling Week will be May 25 ending May 31, 2020, National Smile Day. We need it this year more than ever.

AVAILABLE for Interviews:
Ken Rochon, Co-Founder of the Keep Smiling Movement

The Keep Smiling Movement, Inc, A 501(3)C Global Mental Health Organization Is Designed To Increase HOPE & HAPPINESS By Distributing Keep Smiling Cards In 27 Languages & Positive Message Cards; Motivational Social Media Outreach; Distribution Of Ebooks With Inspirational Stories Featuring Photographs Of Change Makers, Celebrities & Influencers; & Mental Health Programs All Created To Raise Awareness To Heal Millions. 

Imagine 264 Million People Suffering from Depression Now Having a Reason to SMILE!

The Keep Smiling Movement is stepping up to counteract the adverse effects of COVID-19 during National Mental Health Month. Giving a “DOSE of HOPE,” this mental-health nonprofit organization celebrates National Keep Smiling Week starting May 25 ending May 31, 2020, National Smile Day. 

 With 45% of Americans stating they suffer from anxiety, fear, and depression (1), 2020’s statistics will skyrocket past 2019’s reported 264 million suffering from depression. With those staggering numbers, this year will surpass last year’s statistics of 800,000 people who took their lives unable to handle the stressors facing them. For every successful suicide, another 20 people attempted suicide.

 Determined to make a change, the Keep Smiling Movement is making a stand to give people a reason to smile, to find joy, and to save lives. To them, a smile is the universal expression of love and acceptance that crosses all boundaries.  

In 2015, Ken Rochon, Co-Founder and Celebrity Event Photographer, was seeking purpose and passion, a new way of living after losing his mother to Alzheimer’s several years prior. He was seeking a way to lead a life of legacy as a model for his son, K3. Then, he met Barry Shore, Co-Founder and Ambassador of Joy, a man who radiated JOY when he handed Ken a card imprinted ‘Keep Smiling.” 

Rochon was moved by Barry’s story, a successful serial entrepreneur with three patents who became a quadriplegic overnight from a rare autoimmune disease. Finding his smile to over adversity, he willed his body to almost fully functioning after 14 years of quadriplegia despite doctors saying he would never walk again.  

Shore was determined to raise the joy level of people’s lives by passing out 10 million cards by 2020. Therefore, inspired to help him, Ken asked permission to create a viral movement out of the ‘Keep Smiling’ cards. With a JOYFUL, ‘Yeah, Baby!’ Barry agreed. Ken had found his purpose and passion. 

Ken Rochon quickly enlisted Andrea Adams-Miller, an International Publicist for help. Andrea, now Executive Director of the Keep Smiling Movement, was looking for her purpose, too. She also wanted to inspire others to find happiness through adversity. The fall before meeting Ken, her daughter was in a tragic horse accident the same day her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a second time. 

 

Both of her family members thrived by staying positive, and upon meeting Ken, Andrea was instantly moved to support Ken and Barry wholeheartedly. In 2019, she made their dream a nonprofit, the Keep Smiling Movement, Inc, a 501(3)c nonprofit mental health organization designed to increase HOPE and HAPPINESS. 

 

Ken Rochon’s viral vision and hard work of taking thousands of ‘Keep Smiling’ photos led to the creation of the first Keep Smiling: Shift Happens book. Now a book series, these 140 co-authored books feature stories of triumph over challenges and motivational quotes. Additionally, they feature smile photos of Change Makers, Celebrities, and Influencers holding Keep Smiling cards. Co-Authors include Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder of Business Network International; Wm. Paul Young, Author of The Shack; Wayne Connell, Founder of InvisibleDisabilities.org; Michael Mann, Actor”; and many more.

 

As a team with their new Chief of Operations, Krystylle Richardson, Business Transformation Strategist & International Missionary, they achieve these goals by distributing Keep Smiling cards and positive message cards, delivering positive social media outreach; and publishing inspirational photo books. 

 

Additionally, they have a mental health curriculum to overcome limiting beliefs, generate positivity, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Their online Facebook page ‘The Keep Smiling Ambassadors’ welcomes the public to join in S.M.I.L.E.S., a Society Merging International Leaders and Entrepreneurs for Social-Responsibility. Also, they generate advocacy and awareness for over 20 other nonprofit organizations. These organizations provide niche programs and services for people in need, including Veterans, Homelessness, Orphans, Foster Care, Cancer Survivor, Self Esteem, & more.

 

Interview: Ken Rochon.

Ken Rochon, is Co-Founder of the Keep Smiling Movement. To interview the team, to get your cards, to donate, and to support the Keep Smiling Movement in spreading a ‘DOSE of HOPE’ by being an Keep Smiling Ambassador, visit www.TheKeepSmilingMovement.com or reach out to info@TheKeepSmilingMovement.com.

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Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
MEDIA AMBASSADORS
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Jo@SuccessInMedia.com

 

Citations:

1)    Nirmita PanchalRabah KamalKendal OrgeraCynthia CoxRachel GarfieldLiz HamelCailey Muñana, and Priya Chidambaram, The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use, KFF, April 21, 2020. https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/

How to Raise Children With Healthy Self-Esteem

Interview with Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, and activist. She has been published numerously offering practical advice and tips to those seeking self-help.

Talking Points from Dr. Cira on
Raising Kids With Healthy Self-Esteem:

I’ve worked with hundreds of people struggling with childhoods that they need to recover from and therefore, low self-esteem.  I am one of these folks as well so I have a unique perspective, and a lot to say, about this particular issue. Break the cycle of low self-esteem with these constructive strategies.

How do we raise kids with healthy self-esteem?