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The Emotional Environment
How well did you sleep last night? Is hybrid work taking more of a toll on you than office work or remote work ever did? Do you become apprehensive in crowded spaces anticipating the unanticipated? Do feelings of exhaustion cause misunderstandings with you and your significant other? Or maybe the news or social media is reinforcing anger, hopelessness, or a feeling that you're not volunteering enough; or perhaps that you're falling behind on owning a place, being partnered, having a child, or starting savings.
Joy, Anger, Grief, Worry, Fear, and Sadness We don't live in one world, we live in many.
With 10 million people living in Los Angeles county, we make our way through lines, sit on extended holds for services, and spend too much time lost in our phones. We are constantly being pushed and pulled by each of these moments, all the while our lives are happening.
And everyday we experience a multitude of people, energies, attitudes and behaviors with others who go through the same thing in their own lives, as well. By day's end, something as simple as deciding on dinner can cause our already frayed nerves to go into overdrive. These combinations become a serious condition when prolonged over time. Being too tired, too much, for too long separates the efficient exchange of information between the brain and the body. When this occurs commitment, concentration, and connection (especially with self) become impacted and lead to burnout.
Burnout According to the World Health Organization, burnout is characterized by three main symptoms: The sustained experience of workplace stress that leaves a person feeling exhausted, negative about their job, and with a reduced professional efficacy.
Basically, it's being worked to the point of being too tired to care. - And what about your kids? For children, the wellbeing of an adult has a direct impact on them. Maturity helps to temper emotions as we navigate through the day to day, but children reflect what they absorb around them; they don't choose to be fearful, loving, or calm. They don't decide what's on the to do list, what their schedule is, or how patient their own parents are. Emotions are often derived from our environments and this translates even more so with children. With these kinds of stressors, people both big and small need empathy, not adversity.
I'm here to listen and to support you with ideas that can help reduce stress. As you learn to relate better with yourself, you begin to relate to others more effectively, as well. Boundary setting, grounding techniques, empathy, and self-care are tools that you develop and the good news is that you already possess these.
With therapy your clarity improves about your ongoing emotional needs, wishes, and desires. Through weekly exploration and discussion, you are invited to create and choose alternatives that help you to better manage environmental stressors with greater success and, in turn, you not only feel better; but you develop new coping skills that enable you to feel good about yourself.
Problems, misunderstandings, interruptions, and unforeseen changes are always going to be present. It's how you deal with them that makes them what they are. It’s important to feel well.
Call me, let's talk.
For information, or to schedule an appointment, call 323 422 2036.
Kristin F. Jones℠ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #92360. 3611 Seneca Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca, 90039.