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Safety, Predictability & Control in the Midst of COVID-19

Safety, Predictability & Control in the Midst of COVID-19

Riverside Trauma Center’s guiding principles of trauma-informed care, safety, predictability, and control, grow out of the knowledge that trauma is an overwhelming physiological response in which a person experiences a felt sense of loss of control, vulnerability, and immobilization.  For many people the current pandemic of COVID-19 is increasing these feelings in ourselves, our families, and the people we work with.  Here are some ideas to increase a sense of safety, predictability, and control:

Safety:

Physical Safety begins with following the guidelines on physical precautions recommended by credible sources such as the CDC. We can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by washing our hands and social/physical distancing for example. From a trauma-informed lens safety goes far beyond just physical safety, and includes:

Predictability:

Even as things in the wider world may feel chaotic and unpredictable, it is important consider ways to maintain or build structure and routine in your own life.

Control:                         

While so many things feel out of control right now, it can be helpful to think about what you do have control over.

We may be vulnerable, but we are not powerless.

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