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Help Managing your Stress and Anxiety in these Uncertain Times

Wow! who would have imagined this time we are in with business shut down, the threat of severe illness with every interaction and no idea when it will end. If you did not have symptoms of stress and anxiety before I am sure you are experiencing them now. Over 21 percent of adults will have diagnosable anxiety in a given year. That is 42.5 million people! and that is in normal times. Imagine what that number must be now.

Stress and anxiety affects our body (heart palpitations, nausea, headaches, etc), our thoughts (worry, what if thinking, self doubt, “spaciness”, irritation, etc) and Behavior (startle easy, avoidance of people and places, short fuse, etc). All of these symptoms of stress and anxiety are disruptive to your life both personally as well as affecting your relationships, especially now that we are quarantined in our homes with very few options for distraction and no real end in site.

There are some very helpful things you can do to help cope in these unusual times. Thanks to technology we can still reach out for help from wherever we are hold up. I am an MSW clinical Social Worker as well as an ICF Certified Coach.

If you need help I am offering coaching and counseling sessions via Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. This way you will be able to get the support you need from the comfort of your home while still meeting with me face to face. I have over 30 years of experience counseling and coaching individuals, couples and groups. If you or someone you know could use some help and someone to talk to I am offering my Coaching and Counseling services via live video sessions and would welcome the opportunity to offer you support. Couples focused coaching is available as well.

Sessions are 30 minutes long and I am offering them at half price during this crisis, $50 for 30 minute session. If you would like some help contact me at 812-345-7519 or bhodge@oecleadership.com for information and scheduling.

By Brett Hodge

Brett A. Hodge is the president and chief consultant of Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Inc. for 28 years located in Bean Blossom, Indiana. Brett has been a Senior Consultant for IU Health as well as a Certified ICF Coach. Brett is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Executive Education Program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University as well as Kelley School of Business Executive Education. Brett holds an undergraduate degree in social work as well as a master's degree in social work from Indiana University with an emphasis on human efficacy and group dynamics.

Brett has over 30 years of experience working in organizational development with emphasis on professional coaching, team development, managing high performance teams, strategic planning, skill development, and leadership development. Brett is also a Certified Facilitator of Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training and the 4 Roles of Leadership process, Crucial Conversations, and is a Certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner.

2 replies on “Help Managing your Stress and Anxiety in these Uncertain Times”

Brett, i am going to forward this to my daughter. Her daughter has severe anxiety. They have not been able to find a therapist that is a good fit in bloomington. ..or they can’t get an appointment…..

Hi Chris, If I can help I would be glad to talk with them. My daughter Abby has had moderate to severe anxiety with panic since she was about 4 when we first noticed it. She is 30 and a mother and ER RN in Indy. Needless to say her anxiety is way up with her work right now. She is managing her anxiety well since about age 15 when she accepted help. Hope you are well! Brett

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