Dr. Elia Gourgouris | How to Navigate A Crisis With The Happiness Doctor

Episode 59: Gutsy Health Podcast 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting people at an increasing rate. Drug and alcohol use, as well as suicide rates, have been at an all time high. This crisis has brought on a lot of fear in people’s lives. Due to social distancing, people are more distanced now than they have ever been in our time. The most vulnerable of our population are suffering the most. There are four personality types. The first is the victim who says “Why me?” The second is the critic. The one who criticizes whatever instructions they are given such as wear or don’t wear a mask. The third is the bystander. They are the ones who just watch, are frozen in fear, and do nothing. These first 3 personality types all have something in common, which is they offer no solutions. The fourth type is the navigator. They face issues with positivity. They practice self care, they’re aware of their environment, they’re aware of their surroundings, they’re adaptable and flexible, and then ultimately they take initiative and therefore are able to help others. You don’t want to be stuck in the first three types, but transition to type 4 after the first hour. We have to be able to adapt and get out of our comfort zone in order to get through a trial such as the Coronavirus. People will pay anything for fear and the media uses fear to drive sales and consumption. Unplugging from the media can help you adapt. His book is a masterclass in overcoming a crisis. Physicians weren’t trained for this situation and are oftentimes facing situations they’re not used to. Companies are having to adjust while bringing their employees in to work again. Dr. Elia comes in and helps these companies navigate through getting everything back to how it needs to be. Our job is to reach out to those around us and help them. There is always someone worse off than you. 7 keys for getting through a crisis: 1. Self Care 2. Awareness 3. Flexibility 4. Preparation 5. Initiative 6. Positive attitude 7. Kindness. It’s ok to be in the first three personality types, but just for an hour. Make sure you transition out of it and move forward in life.

Get Dr. Elia Gourgouris’ book: “7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis: A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters” at:
The 4 personality types during a crisis 18:17
7 Keys to getting through a crisis 54:47

“There is a big difference between danger and fear… Danger is real. If somebody came up to you and coughed in your face, that’s dangerous. And that’s not a political statement, that’s a factual medical statement. Fear on the other hand is not your friend… Fear is paralyzing. Fear is, you know, destabilizing. Let’s separate those two… let’s not live our lives through fear because that actually causes even more damage.” 16:43


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