Jana Svoboda, LCSW
Pragmatic strengths and solution focused psychotherapy.
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Jana Svoboda, LCSW
“Every video call to someone you wish you could see in person but can’t is a memento mori of a world that’s been shattered...”
There’s an unspoken sadness whenever we join a video call
The psychological toll of prolonged isolation is a real health risk. Some will address it with defiant and risky behaviors. This article suggests a harm reduction approach is more realistic than “abstinence only.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/quarantine-fatigue-real-and-shaming-people-wont-help/611482/
Instead of an all-or-nothing approach to risk prevention, Americans need a manual on how to have a life in a pandemic.
Getting the most out of treatment.
Helpful especially in this time of video/telephone sessions.
Therapy is expensive. Insurance helps, if you have it, but the copays and deductibles can be significant. I grew up frugal and I haven't ...
Are you looking for some chill? Try one of these relax apps. https://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/best-meditation-app
It's natural to feel overcome by stress during these challenging times, but you have the means to transform those emotions into peace and purpose. These meditation and mindfulness apps can help.
Such odd times. So much sadness, so much beauty— like regular life but so very much more compacted. Please remember that a whole range of emotions are normal right now, and be willing to be a compassionate witness to them to yourself and others. You may see yourself or others using denial and minimizing the importance of social isolation/distancing to manage the anxiety. Again, be compassionate, but please take this seriously to keep us ALL safer.
Reach out. Notice what is beautiful. Help one another. And keep well.
“Just like we’re worried about an economic recession, we should worry about a social recession,” a neuroscientist says.
calm in the this of Corona.
“Are you aware of what you can control and can’t control during these times? What can you let go of? #pandemic #coronavirus #Mentalhealth #socialmedia”
I follow science and medicine news closely, and public health is my avocation. We are likely going to be seeing a lot of COVID-19 in the area soon. This video offers good information.
Prepare, but don’t panic.
WASH YOUR HANDS! Often and well.
RefIll medications now while supplies are good.
Don’t wipe out the supermarketsl but have a couple of weeks of provisions on hand in case of quarantine.
Get good sleep and eat nutritiously.
Take care of your mental health. We can get through this together. Most people will be only mildly sick or sick for a few days if they get it.
if you are sick, please stay home. Please.
Even though this will be mild for most people, it can be deadly for the elderly or those with preexisting conditions such as diabetes. Even if you feel up to going out/to work, you may infect others.
if you are sick and suspect COVID-19, call your provider or ER before showing up. Testing is not widely available, and you may be directed elsewhere.
Cough into a tissue, your shoulder, but not your hands or open air.
🎥 Friends, I discuss the #CoronavirusOutbreak was, what’s likely next, and what you need to do. #coronavirus #COVID19
Very intriguing read.
The possible explanations could help us better understand the condition.
We are left to keep on working.
Today we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a challenge to stand up against injustice with love and strength. In Virginia...
I had a very quiet day. And forgot to post this. You can do this any day-- get real quiet---
Show me what you find.
It's easy to be seduced by the flashy, polished and commercialized. Today's challenge is to notice little bits of beautiful wherever ...
Thanks to Daily Good, Anne LaMott and Jill Innes for today's challenge.
Lonnnnnnggggg week here, which is clearly an excuse for 1) why this is so late and 2) how lazy it is. But my old pal Jill reminded m...
Thursday 16 Challenge: poetry game day! Now with a working link!
D id you get er done yesterday? I did. I addressed my mortifying, uncomfortable and long delayed medical procedure completely literally an...
Wednesday Challenge: Get her done!
Today's hump day, so let's get over it by picking a pesky procrastination and OWNING its anxious butt. Far to literally true in my case-- I...
Let's restart a culture of politeness.
The last few years have taken their toll on common courtesy. A nasty sort of partisanship has entered our politics, and name-calling and ...
Baby, it's cold outside. Time to cozy up.
Hope some of you had good experiences with Complaint Free Sunday. I woke way earlier than I wanted and began my morning with a litany befor...
Well, shut my mouth!
Let's try for a complaint free Sunday. I can't speak to other parts of the world, but Americans sure like to bitch. I'm Olympic Class, my...
Nope, it’s not about being a couch potato. Today’s challenge is to write a letter to someone you love or admire. Not a text and not an e...
From fury to frivolity, in a few pinched paragraphs. Friday funday challenge for January 10th.
Thankful I remembered to do this during an unusually busy week :)
What are you thankful for today? There's good research to show that an attitude of gratitude will increase your sense of well-being and op...
Getting Wabi With It
natural cycle of growth and decay Today's Tiny Resolution is to intentionally look for imperfections and find the beauty within them. T...
Channel your heros: Tuesday challenge.
From the Pass It On campaign Hope you had some intentional mellowing of your Monday. I did some mandala coloring with a client (her goo...
Get ready to get all melty relaxed. I'm not asking much, just a mindful carve out of at least fifteen minutes with the soul goal of practicing the life skill of relaxation. See the offical challenge by linking below. And let me know what you did! You're a mysterious group.I want details!
Learn anything new Sunday? I learned a bit of Portuguese, a t shirt folding technique, and that the Oulu neutron counts are currently very...
No intention to be up so late (watch out for those LENGTHY Bollywood films). May be incoherent but enjoy the ride. http://www.janasvoboda.org/2020/01/january-5th-challenge-learn-something.html
It's Sunday, and you have a little more time, but this can still be a Tiny Challenge. Curiosity and awe are states linked to happiness and...
Let's practice mindfulness by feeding ourselves with love and intention today. Send pictures in the comments!
There's few things in the world more primal than eating. We do it mindlessly every day. But feeding ourselves or others is an act of ...
Opening ourselves up to all that is.
This is a repeat of a post from 2010, and a line many of my clients have heard. It seems especially apt today, this third day of a new ye...
January Second Challenge: Move it into your world
You made it through the first day of the new decade! Congratulations. Hope you had time for some reflection on the past year(s) and bega...
it's that time again. Come for some, come for all. Let me know what's working or not. We are all here, says Chas Bukowski, to walk each other home. And yep, that's where the heart is, just waiting for us to enter.
January Tiny Resolutions Thirty Day Challenge is back 💖 Time to walk through that gate Happy new decade! That last one wasn't such a...
Come celebrate the skies this Thursday.
Calmer Choice shared this good advice from helper Fred Rogers.
Beautiful. Thank you, Eileen Maxfield, for reminding me about simple human kindness. The antidote to the news.
"I like your hat"
“As awkward and unattractive as molting birds.” Yes, let‘s be ok in our weird not yet fitting skins. Thanks for this share, Janice Prairie Melland.
In preparation for his most recent (7th) book of poetry 'Pilgrim,' David Whyte collected stories from everyone he knew who had walked the great Camino de Santiago, a 791 km pilgrimage from the foothills of the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. He writes about life t...
A window into grief, in all of its beauty and sadness.
You learn to believe in your child’s existence. What happens when she’s killed by a piece of your daily environment?
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Clinical Social Worker and mental health educator specializing in warm, supportive and pragmatic counseling. Private practice currently full except for short term consults and self pay clients. Available for public and private workshops, lectures and consultation.