A Halifax-based psychiatrist says the final months of the pandemic have forced people to “dig deep” to deal with mounting fatigue.
“Omicron came at a very difficult time because we were already starting to open up. People had hope, they were planning to travel, to get their lives back, really,” said Dr. Jackie Kinley, psychiatrist and founder of the ‘Atlantic Institute for Resilience.
As Nova Scotia goes through the first phase of its reopening plan, Kinley remains hopeful that 2022 will also come with a “turning point” that inspires people to continue building resilience.
“I think it brought real intentionality. I think we were sort of laissez-faire before. “Oh, we’re going to do some exercise, we’re going to do some of that.” But now we have to be very deliberate in taking care of ourselves and building that structure in our lives,” she said.
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Following the loss of a loved one to mental illness, Kinley became determined to empower people to develop positive coping methods to handle life’s adversity.
“I lost a brother to suicide, and it was very difficult. [It] motivated me to think, “What are we doing wrong in this system? And, also, I have been blessed and honored to work with fabulous patients who have taught me so much,” she said.
Kinley says that while stress can range from short-term circumstances that are sometimes predictable to acute situations that can seem indiscriminate, strengthening one’s overall ability to handle the certainty of stress throughout our lives is crucial to our well-being. be general.
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“There is a lot of suffering in the world. Life is hard. We have losses and transitions, but we have to be able to work through them. And that requires us to be able to tolerate emotions, overcome them and talk about them. And, if we don’t — if we avoid emotions, or if we don’t manage them, or if we let them build up and fly away — it makes us sick,” he said. she declared.
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Kinley says building the ability to process emotions in respectful and healthy ways plays a key role in promoting a positive outlook.
“It will avoid so much unnecessary suffering. Whether it’s symptoms we end up with or behaviors that just don’t fit. this is not the way we want to show ourselves. The emotion will rise. It’s really important for us to make sure we’re working on it so we don’t suffer unnecessarily,” Kinley said.
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