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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 6

The process of loss that we are experiencing, from the Pandemic, is one that touches all of us. From the loss of loved-ones, to the loss of our job, to the loss of our “normal”, to the loss of choices, to the loss of security and safety, or to the loss of a real ”warm-fuzzy” hug, we all experience these losses in different ways. Our unique life situation also has an important impact on how we react to our sense of loss. Facing our individual experience, with a resilient mindset, can offer us an engaging and empowering view from which we can navigate our losses. Knowing ourselves and knowing our strengths offers us a framework to overcome the possible powerlessness that some of us may be experiencing. This resilient attitude enables people to bend with current circumstances and not break.

Key Takeaways

  • We are all experiencing some level of loss.

  • Life circumstances impact the loss experience.

  • Drawing on our personal strengths empowers us to learn from our losses.

  • Loss can be a great teacher.

Best Practices

  • Become more familiar with your strengths. There are a number of online Strength Assessments available.

  • Nourish your mind-body-spirit with the proper nutrients we know we need.

  • Ask, “What am I learning from my experienced losses?”

Things to Limit

  • Self-criticism.

  • Thinking that we have no control over our personal fate.

  • Thinking that everything “must be” the way we want it to be.

  • Waiting for the perfect time to practice self-care.


Quote of the Week “‘It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos” ~ Donna Karan


In closing, any skill that is worth learning takes practice, focus, and commitment. We can only fail when we give-up. This chaotic time can provide the opportunity for further personal growth.

Be well



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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

If you would like to get copies of The ZONE that you may have missed or if you know someone that would like to start receiving The ZONE, please signup today... It's free and you can unsubscribe anytime.

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