Principles for healthcare workers when talking with their families about coronavirus

Barb LeDucHealthy Living, News, Psychiatry

Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Not only are they dealing with their own fears about exposure, but their family’s as well. So, it is no surprise that I get a lot of questions from staff about how to talk with their family members about their work and risks. “My mom is freaking out, how do I reassure her it’s going to be OK?” Or, “My husband doesn’t understand why I have to come in. How can I explain this to him?” There are no simple or easy answers, but I do have some principles to keep in mind that may be helpful as you approach these conversations with your loved ones. It’s a difficult communications challenge to explain a lot of complicated information in a relatively short time to someone who is anxious and struggling. It’s tough to explain professionalism and dedication to duty in the face of a threat like a viral disease. Unfortunately, anxiety can also be viral and can spread like wildfire as we have already seen in the last few weeks. If you need convincing, look no further than the toilet paper aisle of any grocery store. Like the virus, the key to quelling anxiety is to get on top of it quickly before it gets out of control. Here are … Read More