Recently, the World Health Organization validated something that all Essential Workers in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic already know: Burnout is very real! Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that results from long-term involvement in work situations that are extreme, chronic, and emotionally demanding. It is multidimensional as it compromises the emotions, creates physical exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced or severely depleted sense of personal accomplishment. Significant burnout due to the pandemic among all Essential Workers across all industries is now considered a real crisis. Not only is this health crisis condition personally harmful to the employee, but it can potentially lead to suboptimal customer care, unproductiveness, and negativity towards coworkers.
According to research conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 64% of frontline Health Care Workers and their families reported that worry or stress related to the pandemic had affected them in at least one of these ways: sleep problems, poor appetite or overeating, frequent headaches or stomachaches, difficulty controlling their temper, and worsening chronic health conditions.
The myth of the phoenix bird tells the story of a beautiful bird that grew old, weak, and tired from long journeys. After living hundreds of years, the bird asked the sun to make it young and strong. The bird prepared a nest. In time, the sun's hot rays caused the bird to burst into flames, leaving only ashes. Then, out of the ashes rose a new, young phoenix bird that was stronger than before.
Positive personal growth resulting from a major life crisis is an actual phenomenon studied by Tedeschi and Calhoun at UNC, Charlotte. They labeled the phenomenon "post-traumatic growth." They suggest that significant life crises can offer opportunities for substantial and meaningful changes in how you think, act, and relate to others. Personal growth can happen in various areas, including relationships, compassion, new roles, skill development, individual strengths, spiritual depth, a sense of purpose or meaning, and appreciation of life. In this way, life crises and challenges are potentially transformational events.
R.I.S.E.™ is an acronym for Restoring Internal Self Empowerment
The R.I.S.E.™ Cohort offers Essential Workers a path to successfully navigate and mitigate the mental and emotional impact of Covid-19 trauma. Through our R.I.S.E.© Cohort, our goal is to provide self-care support opportunities for Essential Workers.
Our R.I.S.E.© Cohorts are designed to be accessible to participants through 4 (Four) Live virtual Modules. The modules will be recorded and completely available after the Live presentation. Each Module will last approximately 90-minutes with a maximum of 15 participants. This allows each person an opportunity to decompress, share, and offset any feelings of being overwhelmed that often occur when interacting in larger group settings. These sessions are interactive, and participation is highly encouraged.
Each of the 4 Modules will focus on a particular aspect of emotional wellness. Although they are not designed to be "therapy sessions," the results have the potential to be therapeutic in nature. Each Module will explore and integrate various dimensions of mental and emotional wellness and wholeness.
Highlights for each R.I.S.E.™ Module:
Module One: Restoring (90-minutes)
• Personal assessment tools revealing where and what needs to be restored
• An exploration of what has been compromised emotionally, mentally, and physically
• Techniques to foster restoration and resilience
• Identifying personal needs, missing support venues, and available resources (both internal and external)
Module Two: Internal (90-minutes)
• Recognizing and managing our emotions and their external consequences
• Identifying our individual and automatic responses to stress
• Increasing our internal capacity in general; making room for new perspectives
• Tools and techniques to assess our sense of control, belonging, and self-esteem
• Enhancing our inner listening and inner guidance
• Differentiating between mindfully "Responding" and knee- jerk "Reacting" in response to stimuli both at work and home
Module Three: Self (90-minutes)
• Self-Exploration (deep personal-awareness)
• Creating sustainable balance (professional, and personal life)
• Tools and techniques for achieve internal equilibrium
• Presence (Mindfulness Exercises designed for Essential Workers
• Self-Care tools and techniques that honor our experiences throughout the pandemic
Module Four: Empowerment (90-minutes)
• Recognizing and utilizing our inner strength
• Fostering Acceptance (non-judgmental Allowing)
• Identifying Post Traumatic Growth opportunities
• Tools and techniques for maintaining Self-Realization, Optimism, and Hope
Each Cohort Participant will also receive an electronic R.I.S.E.™ Program Companion Workbook that will deepen the experience of each session while reinforcing the tools, techniques, ideas, and new perspectives.
The workbook contains opportunities to reflect, journal, and affirm an enhanced internal ecosystem using the analogy of the story of the phoenix rising as a metaphor for transformation.