The New Normal is Stressing Me Out

Building Resilience with Dr. Stacia Casillo

We are all reassessing and recalibrating our “new normal”. It is important to acknowledge the universal psychological, physical, and cognitive impact from the chronic stress caused by this the pandemic. Many of us are doing this with reduced resources, whether it’s financial or logistical, while unable to engage in our normal stress relieving outlets like the gym and social gatherings. There are strategies we can implement on a daily basis to help us and our families regulate and stabilize our mood and decrease stress. Learn activities to create a foundation for skills to build personal resilience.

These include creating daily structure, exercise, connecting with friends and family, and practicing mindfulness. When discussing the factors that promote resilience with my clients, I identify four categories: social support, wellness, purpose, and healthy thinking. Together, we assess these areas for strengths and to identify those that need to be enhanced. The goal is to help people build a strong support network with healthy and meaningful relationships; to engage in a life style that promotes physical and psychological health; to live a life that is aligned with their values and has purpose; and to work on promoting healthy and realistic thinking that allows them to appropriately assess and manage daily struggles.

Dr. Casillo received her doctorate from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She received additional training at the renowned Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Associates of America (ADAA), where she was honored in 2016 with a rising Young Leadership award. Dr. Casillo brings a wide range of experience to her practice, including almost a decade of providing treatment to individuals and families in foster care. Clients benefit from her extensive training and expertise, leaving therapy with new coping styles, helpful problem solving abilities, and hope for the future.

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