Vickie Choitz leads systems change at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. She was a member of the National Fund’s trauma-informed care workgroup and co-authored our newest publication, A Trauma-Informed Care Approach to Workforce. Choitz recently published a blog, “What’s the Difference Between a Global Health+Economic+Racial Pandemic and Being Chased by a Bear in the Woods?”
Before reading, I invite you to take a few deep breaths to take a mini break from your day and calm your nervous system before reading this blog. Go ahead, no one’s watching, and you deserve it.
I’m tired. I’m sick and tired. I’m jumpy and can’t sleep. I’m numb and only want to sleep. I’m angry. I want to cry. I want to scream. I want to punch someone. I want to hurt myself.
These are some of the common and, believe it or not, normal reactions to all the stress and trauma most of us have experienced in the last year…