Family Clapping in support of Medical Staff
Every night at 7PM people all over hang out their windows or go out in front of their homes to ring bells, clap or yell their appreciation of our heroic doctors, nurses, police, EMS teams, and maintenance staff who keep our hospitals, public places and transportation clean and safe, nursing home staffs, post office workers as well as all those who keep our food stores and pharmacies open. We are grateful to volunteers who deliver meals to hospital staff or open food banks to feed people in need. We salute our bus, subway and train drivers and conductors who keep our public transportation working and truckers who deliver everything.

We call out and applaud the work of STC groups and especially the unpaid family caregivers who have to carry on without a break.

Last, but not least we send our deepest sympathy to all of you who may have lost a loved one or friend to this pandemic. We honor them.

As we continue to navigate through unprecedented challenges, we are hopeful that every one of us will come through with a greater appreciation for our own families, friends, neighbors and communities. 

We invite your suggestions to share with others. The following are from two people who have contributed so much to STC over the years: 
In 2009-11 there was a large Canadian STC Campaign in SW Ontario supported by funding from the SW Local Health Integration Network. Eugene Dufour was the Canadian Campaign Coordinator. He and I traveled throughout the area so I could lead STC trainings for local professionals before he took over to run a very successful program. 

Advice for Essential Workers and Health Care Workers Dealing with the Fear of Infection. 
By Eugene Dufour

A few years ago, I worked with one of our Canadian Soldiers who came back from Afghanistan. He was a communication and computer specialist and was stationed at the base in Kandahar. He never went past “the wire” and never saw active battle. He never in a million years thought he would be asked to go overseas. He had heard and saw so much suffering that had taken place in Afghanistan. Without him realizing, as he boarded the plane to go to the place of fear and suffering, his body tightened up and his fight and flight reaction was engaged. It stayed like that for the 10 months that he was based at Kandahar. Our soldier came back with a very serious PTSD.

This is the same kind of pressure that our Health Care and Essential Workers may be feeling.

As Health Care and Essential Workers, we need to do the following:

Before Your Shift - 

  1. Be aware of the pressure of being in these roles.
  2. When you start your shift take a few minutes to connect with the emotion of fear.
  3. Do a body scan of where your tensions are in your body.
  4. Review your work protocols for being safe and be vigilant to follow them.
  5. Say to yourself, I can do this, and I have a team that has my back.

After Your Shift –

  1. Physically prepare yourself to come out of harm’s way. Shower and change cloths. As you are showering feel the fear of infection being washed away.
  2. Mentally ground yourself. Mentally put all your fears and concerns about working with suffering into your mailbox and put it on some concrete thing like a tree. Make a commitment that you will pick up that stuff tomorrow……right now I need to be present to myself and my family.
  3. Create and practice your own ritual of acknowledging and suspending the fear of infection.
One of the first local health professionals I met after starting our STC organization was Fay Radding. Following my first business presentation she offered to help me: from introducing me to Greg Johnson at the NYC Caregiver Coalition; to assisting me with my first STC training at St. Vincent’s Hospital; to her STC outreach work; and Fay continues, after all these years, by serving on our Steering Committee. A true STC Angel.

Sanity Savers
... sent to us by Fay Radding
Most of these are links - click to visit!

The  goal  of the following document is to list anything and everything that will keep us sane and fit. Please add virtual workouts, TV shows, movies, podcasts, etc. that you like. If you would like to share with friends you are more than welcome to. 


  • Wait Wait! Don’t Tell Me the NPR News Quiz
  • NPR - How I Built This
  • This American Life
  • Today, Explained
  • Science Friday
  • The Daily from NYTimes
  • Radiolab 
  • The Slowdown
  • On the Media
  • Spacepod 
  • Hidden Brain
  • Code Switch
  • Invisibilia 
  • Tara Brach - free guided meditation
  • West Cork (audible only)
  • Reply all
  • Serial
  • Dave Ramsey
  • RichRoll
  • Business Wars
  • Code[ish]
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • Getting Curious with JVN
  • TED Radio Hour
  • Over the Road [Learn about what it’s like to be a truck driver - responsible for transporting so much of everything that we buy, touch, eat, ...]
  • Ear Hustle
  • Point Mystic
  • Sandra
  • Criminal
  • Bad Blood
  • Tim Ferriss Show
  • Mike Rowe
  • Dr. Death
  • LadyGang
  • The Stacks
  • 99% Invisible
  • Every Little Thing
  • Reply All- dupe 
  • Feel Better, Live More (with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee - health life-hacks, expert advice that debunk common health myths giving you the tools to revolutionize how you eat, sleep, move and relax.)
  • The School of Greatness (Lewis shares inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet to help you find out what makes great people great.)
  • The adventure zone
  • The dream
  • The shrink next door
  • My Favorite Murder- True crime Comedy Podcast
  • Armchair Expert
  • What I Wore When
  • You’re Dead to Me - BBC radio - “The history podcast for people who don't like history…”
  • NPR Chill music 6 hour playlist - Isle of Calm
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin
  • Head In The Game - podcast from CHSR about roleplaying games
  • Reply All
  • Blackout (Starring Ramy Malek)
  • Freakonomics radio
  • Up and Vanished (true crime)
  • Chips with Everything - digital culture / technology podcast
  • The Morning Toast 
  • School of Greatness 
  • Aubrey Marcus Podcast
  • All of the Critical Role series — podcast and youtube/Twitch archives available
  • Acquisitions Incorporated (Dungeons & Dragons game done as a podcast and youtube channel)

Stay Safe
Stay Healthy.
Stay Engaged.

Sheila and the STC team

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