Host John Ivor Chester sits down with pastor and licensed counselor Don Bright in this episode of Power of a Positive Playlist about ways to make it through all of the mental and emotional hardships created by COVID. Don has been a pastor for 30 years, and a private practice counselor for 13 years and has seen the impact of lockdowns and isolation in both his congregation and his practice.
Don describes himself as a counselor who happens to be Christian. He says was invited to his first calling as a pastor by God, and to his second calling by his need for an extra income stream and a passion for psychology. Don’s church, Open Bible Church, is now a virtual-only church, so their church home is on your computer.
John and Don discuss the changes Don has seen since March when everything shut down. With everyone being home all of the time, many became caregivers in a way they had never been before and there was never any chance of reprieve from home or work. All of this combined led to unprecedented stress levels.
If the stress can be managed in a timely manner, Don says, anxiety, depression, and toxicity in relationships can also be avoided. Don offers a few stress management techniques to help manage the stress our new normal has created.
- Live in the moment, because our only reality is in the moment.
- Rest, just take one day out of each week and do nothing.
- Balance, create a balance between home, work, family, and rest.
- Quality communication, especially between couples, is paramount.
“The most powerful thing that can happen in communication is learning to listen”- Don Bright
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