curiouser & curiouser Podcast: Episode 31 (Dr. Paige Bentley Shares Advice For Emotional Health During COVID-19)

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This episode came together pretty quickly, and I’m so grateful to my guest for being available last minute. Since the COVID-19 situation really kicked into gear last week, I’ve been trying to think of things I can do to help in my own small way. I started by looking at the platforms I already have and using those as tools to help right now. I’m using my Beautycounter business as a way to recognize healthcare workers, and am sending out some clean beauty happy mail each day as a small thank you to some of those individuals. (If you have a healthcare professional you’d like to nominate, head over to my Instagram account to let me know who they are!)

As a way to offer financial support to our Winston-Salem community, Kevin and I set up a fundraiser within the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County. We chose this outlet because the funds will start being distributed on March 30 and will help those most in financial need as a result of the pandemic. You can contribute here if you’re interested in supporting that initiative, too!

I also want to use my blog and podcast as a way to encourage connection and share some resources during this challenging time, and that’s where today’s guest, Paige Bentley, comes in!

Paige is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Wake Forest University, and is also the director of the counseling center for the Wake forest Medical School students. She also has a private practice open to people in the Winston-Salem community who need counseling support. Paige and I have known each other for a few months, and she immediately came to mind when I was thinking of people who could offer some helpful advice on ways to stay healthy and grounded at a time like this.

During this episode, Paige and I chatted about how we’re both personally feeling right now, and she shared some good tips on how to talk about this with children, how to pull yourself out of those rabbit hole lines of thinking we can find ourselves in right now, the importance of developing a routine right now, and more.

She also mentioned Psychology Today as a great resource for finding a therapist if you’re in need of one, so I wanted to be sure to link to that site here!

Thank you so much for listening to this episode, and don’t forget you can also subscribe to The curiouser & curiouser Podcast on Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode. Just search for “curiouser & curiouser” and hit subscribe! (I’d also love for you to leave me a review there if you have a free minute or two.)

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