Our reality is that it can be difficult to manage responsibilities across our professional and personal lives, especially during a global time of uncertainty.  Navigating these challenges effectively and building resilience are critical for our emotional well-being and mental and physical health.

This calendar will be provided monthly and is but one tool we might utilize to help us recover from stress.  It supports the creation of a realistic daily action we can take to care for ourselves as we continue to care for others.  

We are all capable of being kind, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we care to do so.  If we’re honest, there are times between feeling as if the world has not been kind to us and pure exhaustion that we simply aren’t kind to ourselves or others.  Well, we want to make the case for trying to be friendly no matter how we’re feeling. 

Being friendly can boost both our mental and spiritual happiness and happiness is one of the keys to resiliency.  Recall a time you helped a friend through a tough time or a stranger solve a problem.  Remember the feeling it gave you?  Being friendly and kind provides a sense of community and helps us to feel connected, especially with the continued need to physically distance.  That feeling of connection can help to ward off feelings of isolation that can bring down our mood. 

While being friendly benefits us socially, there are also biological reasons why kindness improves our mental health.  Our brains reward us when we do kind things.  When we comfort someone, our brain may release oxytocin, a hormone that helps us bond with others.  Oxytocin makes us more trusting, generous, and friendly.  Additionally, being friendly signals our brains to release serotonin and dopamine, two chemicals involved in creating a sense of euphoria and lessening pain, depression, and anxiety. 

We hope that you find the monthly resilience calendar provided by Bishop Anderson House a helpful part of the tools you’re accessing to help you to care for yourself as you continue to care for others.

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communities where healthcare meets the human spirit.”

Chaplaincy

Our chaplains provide spiritual care to the patients, families and staff of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, with costs borne by Bishop Anderson House.

Education

Our flagship Spiritual Care Visitor Training is offered online, and complemented with continuing education workshops for graduates. As adjunct CPE faculty, The Rev. Tommy Rogers supervises chaplaincy training at Rush University Medical Center.

Social Responsibility & Racial Justice

As healers and caregivers we are committed to continue our work dismantling racism and discrimination wherever we find it and to foster and protect the dignity and worth of every human being.

Spirituality & Wellness

Bishop Anderson House provides self-care and stress relieving events for medical personnel to combat burn-out and alleviate compassion fatigue.

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