Stress Management Through Crisis With Lisa Dion

This series was created by Lisa Dion as a gift for AIRS Members who are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis - offering a listening ear and support to community members who are struggling with panic, fear, uncertainty and financial struggles in the midst of unprecedented times. These videos last from 2 minutes to 25 minutes are perfect to rejuvenate you during a break or anytime you want to center yourself and be kind to your mind, body and soul. 

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Lisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach and entrepreneur.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults.

She is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy™. She is also a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR Practitioner and Master Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™.

  • What You're Feeling is Normal - How to Minimize Stress By Connecting To Yourself Better
    It's been part of human biology for thousands of years - our nervous systems are built to activate when we feel threatened, afraid or overwhelmed. It's meant to keep up safe. But being in that type of neuro-physical overdrive for extended periods of time can cause not only feelings of burnout and fatigue...they can negatively affect mental health, create physical issues and even promote increases in illness. Lisa will talk about how in the current situation, its not about finding ways to be calm, but ways to be present and aware. This 8 minute video will help you understand better what you're feeling...and how you can regulate it.
  • Borrowed Breath - Helping Others Find a Calm in the Storm
    Are you feeling the strain of hearing the stress in callers voices and feeling the emotions of others all day? Are you, yourself, overwhelmed and anxious because of the current situation? You are not alone. And we have some ideas. Join Lisa and Chiara as they chat about the challenge of helping others calm down when it seems like everything around you is chaotic. The truth is our nervous systems "borrow" both activation (anxiety, concern, excitement) and regulation (calmness, peace, awareness) from one another. When we learn to regulate ourselves, we can help other find that same calm in the midst of the storm. Spend 25 minutes watching or listening to this video to change the way your day goes and find a wonderful way to truly help those you are helping in the moment.
  • Letting Go of Stress and Tension - A 5 Minute Exercise in Regulation
    Join Lisa as she talks you through an exercise that de-stresses , normalizes and regulates your nervous system in less than 7 minutes.

Stress Management Articles - Elite Eight!

There is plenty of stress around us right now, and also plenty of articles out there with ideas on how to manage all of the different aspects of that stress. We're here to help! We researched and read those articles for you.

Using a bracket style elimination, we narrowed it down to a list of an "Elite 8". Each article has an audio overview (about 1 minute each) that will tell you general information about the article so you can decide whether or not to read the whole thing. 

We'd also like to hear what you think is the best of the best. You can add your vote and get the "Elite 8" to a "Final 4'!

  • Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience
    Link to Article: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_science_backed_strategies_to_build_resilience
  • The Contagion We CAN Control
    Link to article: https://hbr.org/2020/03/the-contagion-we-can-control
  • How to Manage Your Stress When the Sky Is Falling
    Link to article: https://hbr.org/2020/04/how-to-manage-your-stress-when-the-sky-is-falling?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=dailyalert_not_activesubs&referral=00563&deliveryName=DM76337
  • The Restorative Power of Ritual
    Link to Article: https://hbr.org/2020/04/the-restorative-power-of-ritual?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=dailyalert_not_activesubs&referral=00563&deliveryName=DM75018
  • Transforming Compassion Fatigue into Compassion Satisfaction: Top 12 Self-Care Tips for Helpers
    Link to Article: https://rccompassionfatigue.weebly.com/uploads/1/9/0/7/19076613/self3.pdf
  • When Your Attempts At Managing Stress Fail
    Link to article: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/when-your-attempts-at-managing-stress-fail/
  • Grief and COVID-19: Mourning our bygone lives
    Link to article: https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/04/grief-covid-19
  • Your Coronavirus Coping Kit
    Link to the article: https://www.thelily.com/your-coronavirus-coping-kit/

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