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Coping With Holiday Grief

On BYU Radio’s The Lisa Show, Dr. Anton C. Bizzell offers his advice on coping with the holiday blues. The holidays can be one of the happiest seasons—but they can also be a difficult time for many, especially this year. While in years past we might have spent this time with family and friends and in religious observances, COVID-19 may keep us home, celebrating with only immediate family or alone. All of this can contribute to feelings of loneliness and sadness. The key, Dr. Bizzell says, is to identify your stressors and develop a toolbox of healthy coping strategies—everything from taking a walk to practicing meditation. It’s also appropriate to seek professional help.

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Addressing Rise in OUD Rates Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Addressing Rise in OUD Rates Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

In his recent article in Behavioral Healthcare Executive, “Stopping the ‘Other’ Surge: Addressing Rise in OUD Rates Amid Pandemic,” Dr. Anton C. Bizzell discusses how patients and their healthcare partners are finding ways to manage their chronic diseases during the pandemic. It is important to remember that addiction is one of these chronic diseases, and it can be managed, even into recovery.
People who use opioids at high doses may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and the illness may be more severe. “We must remain determined to confront the complications that the novel coronavirus has added to our opioid crisis, to provide hope and treatment to this highly vulnerable population,” Dr. Bizzell writes.
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Coping with Holiday Blues During COVID-19

In a Psychology Today article, “Coping With Holiday Blues During COVID-19,” Dr. Anton C. Bizzell focuses on how to cope with holiday blues during COVID-19, including tips for recognizing and managing your stressors.

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends, catch up, participate in family and religious traditions, and enjoy the company of loved ones. For some, the holidays are associated with triggers, stressors, and emotional landmines. For many of us, it is both. And all of us will have to alter our holiday routines due to the virus. However, we can navigate the holiday season by using simple but powerful tools. Doing so allows us to enjoy the benefits that the holiday season can bring and take steps to prevent or manage stress. We can create a new holiday normal, Dr. Bizzell concludes.

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Preserving the Mental Wellness of Our Healthcare Heroes

Dr. Anton C. Bizzell underscores in Psychology Today how The Bizzell Group (Bizzell) helps preserve the mental wellness of our healthcare heroes. People often choose a career in medicine because they desire to help, heal, and make a difference. They have the drive to fulfill these responsibilities, and their accomplishments are often groundbreaking. “We can never forget that these healthcare workers are human beings, not robots,” Dr. Bizzell writes. “As this pandemic stretches toward a second year, we cannot expect them to continue to do their jobs well without better support for their mental well-being.” Organizations—including Bizzell—are beginning to step up at the national, state, and local levels to help these everyday heroes.

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