Important changes to VJLAP’s 12-Step and Wellness Support Meetings:

1. Effective immediately, the Monday 12-Step Support Meetings will commence at 6:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM. VJLAP will no longer host a Monday 12-Step Support Meeting at 8:00 PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
2. After 04/08/24, there will no longer be Monday Wellness Support Meetings at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in such a meeting, there is a Thursday Wellness Support Meeting (1, 3 and 5th Thursday of the month). Changes will be made to the event calendar.
3. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 6:00 PM. There is a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 5:30PM and a meeting on the 1, 3 & 5th Monday of the month at 6:30PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
4. Please also note the Thursday Wellness Support Meetings that had been every Thursday will only be the 1, 3 & 5 Thursday of the month. Changes will be made to the event calendar.

Thank you for your attention to these updates. If there are questions, please reach out to Barbara Mardigian at

The Beacon

Dealing with Anxiety During a Pandemic

March 17, 2020
Dealing with Anxiety During a Pandemic

With new positive tests and victims of the COVID-19 pandemic reported and guidance of what activities are recommended or restricted changing constantly, anxiety related to the outbreak is ever increasing. Anxiety is part of life and a normal human reaction to a threat to our health, safety, and well-being. With social distancing and continual uncertainty, managing anxiety may seem close to impossible. It is not impossible and preventative and responsive actions are keys to staying healthy.

Here are seven scientific-based strategies are recommended to help keep COVID-19 anxiety from becoming a problem in its own right and enable you to make it through the pandemic more effectively:

  1. Practice tolerating uncertainty (ease back on certainty-seeking behaviors)
  2. Tackle the anxiety paradox (allow and acknowledge anxious thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations)
  3. Transcend existential anxiety (stay connected and active)
  4. Don’t underestimate human resiliency (remember that you are more resilient and able to adjust to difficult situations than you think)
  5. Don’t get sucked into overestimating the threat (we become more anxious when faced with situations that have no clear precedent; limit your exposure to COVID-19 news)
  6. Strengthen self-care (prioritize sleep, exercise, mindfulness, time in nature, and relaxation techniques)
  7. Seek professional help if you need it (if anxiety symptoms interfere with work, relationships, routine activities, please seek help from your doctor or a mental health professional)

Please know that VJLAP is here to help in any way possible and will do our best to provide guidance on managing mental health responses in this unprecedented time.

The full article may be accessed here.

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