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The Emotional First-Aid Kit Everyone Needs

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Do you ever have those days where you are feeling some kind of emotion and you don’t know what to do about it? Where you know that actually doing something to take care of yourself would be helpful, but you can’t really bring yourself to think about what that something is? If so, you might benefit from creating an emotional first-aid kit.

What do I mean by emotional first-aid kit? I am referring to a go-to LIST OF ACTIVITIES, SONGS, TV SHOWS, MOVIES, ETC. that help you feel better when you are feeling down. The important thing about this first-aid kit is that it has been created when you are feeling okay. Think about it this way, when we get a cut or burn or something around the house we look to our first-aid kits because they have the things we might need in these situations already in one place. We don’t have to spend time looking around the house for supplies or wondering what would work well for this particular ailment. An emotional first-aid kit should function the same way.

Why am I suggesting that you create an emotional first-aid kit? Because in my work as a therapist, and my lived experience as a human being on this planet, I have noticed that it is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day without taking time to actually take care of ourselves. We can easily ignore the feelings we have or push them aside in the hope that they go away, without actually working to understand what we are feeling, why we are feeling that way, and what we can do about it. I don’t know about you, but I was never really taught how to take care of myself when a difficult emotion arose. The response was often, “It’s going to be okay. You just have to keep going.” This is fine to some degree, but we also have to know how to ride the emotional wave while the feelings are present and how to care for ourselves during that time. It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves so that we can move through the world in a way that actually allows us to be our full selves.

When thinking about creating your emotional first-aid kit, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Do I want this first-aid kit to be an actual physical box or will a list on my phone or on a sticky note on my fridge suffice?
  • What kinds of things tend to soothe me when I feel sad, angry, lonely, afraid, anxious, etc.? We might need different things for different emotions. For example, when I’m sad I may need to curl up with something cozy and soft. When I’m angry I may need to be more active. You get the idea.
  • Are there people that can help me during difficult emotional states? Can I make sure I have their names and contact information readily available?
  • Be holistic. Make sure you are including activities that tend to your mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and creative wellness.

Once you have your emotional first-aid kit created be sure to use it! If it’s a physical box or container, put it somewhere where you will see it so that you can use it in your time of need. If it’s a list of some
sort, make sure it is easily accessible. You can also talk to someone you trust about this tool kit so that they can remind you to use it. Or you can invite them to create one with you for themselves.

One final note, know that you can check-in and see how your emotional first-aid kit is serving you. Switch out things that don’t work or add new things that you stumble upon that you think could be helpful. Make this first-aid kit specific to you and your needs. Good luck and feel secure in knowing that you have the tools you need to help you care for yourself during difficult times.

Henry Nsubuga
Manager, Counselling and Guidance Centre,
Plot 106, Mary Stuart Road (Opposite Mary Stuart Hall),
Makerere University
Email: hnsubuga[at]cgc.mak.ac.ug
Tel: +256-772-558022

Click here for more information about the Counselling and Guidance Centre

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Makerere Medical Journal: Golden Jubilee Edition 2022

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Cover Page of the Makerere Medical Journal Golden Jubilee Edition 2022.

It’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Golden Jubilee edition of this phenomenal journal. Yes, The Makerere Medical Journal marks 50 years of publication with this year’s edition and all this has been made possible by the endless efforts and contributions of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Staff and students because without your research submissions and financial support, the journal wouldn’t have made it this far. To you reading this, thank you for contributing to the sustainability of this great project, year in year out.

Here’s a quote to ponder on as you delve into this year’s well-crafted articles and it’s by Zora Hurston (1891-1960), “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” And doesn’t that just define our purpose as researchers?!

This edition’s articles cover pertinent topics ranging from Antimicrobial Stewardship, COVID-19 interventions, Oral Health amongst others. It also features student projects, write-ups on student-led organizations and societies that are making a difference in the life of a health sciences’ student and many more interesting writings. Featured in this issue are international manuscripts from countries like Nigeria and we were also honored to work with other universities within the country and feature some of their students’ articles.

I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to my team of editors that engaged in a rigorous peer review process to ensure that the articles published are up to standard. As the editorial team, we are quite pleased to see the number of undergraduates involved in research steadily increasing and all the efforts that have been put in by the different stakeholders to see this happen are commendable.

With that said, I hope you enjoy every second of your read!!!

LINDA ATULINDA,
MBChB IV

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Research and Writers’ Club 2021-2022

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Call for Applications: HEPI Masters Support Fellowship

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Panelists L-R: Professor Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Professor Francis Omaswa, Professor Jehu Iputo and Professor Joel Okullo at the HEPI-ACHEST Health Professions Education Symposium, 17th June 2022, Makerere University.

Applications are invited for the Health Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI-SHSSU) Masters fellowship programme support from postgraduate students of:

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS)
  • Kabale University School of Medicine
  • Clarke International University
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University

The programme will support graduates in their final year of training leading to the award of a Masters degree on any of the Master’s graduate training programs at the stated University for a maximum of 19 successful candidates.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

Inquiries and Applications must be submitted to hepishssu@gmail.com

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Call for Applications: Faculty Research Training

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The Principal MakCHS-Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (6th R), Prof. Sarah Kiguli-PI HEPI (R), Prof. Francis Omaswa-ED ACHEST (8th R), Dr. Safina Museene-MoES (5th R), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze (3rd R), Prof. Joel Okullo (9th R), Prof. Josephine Namboze (7th R), Prof. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde - ACHEST (2nd R) and other Health Experts at the Symposium on 17th June 2022, MakCHS, Makerere University.

Applications are invited from faculty at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kabale School of Medicine, and Clarke International University to undertake training in research.

Limited research funding will be available for research focusing on community-based, clinical, operational, health professions education, epidemiological, biomedical, and research in Communicable Diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.) or non-communicable diseases of importance to Uganda.

Up to 15 applicants will be selected and they will undergo a brief (2 days) didactic training in research proposal development prior to embarking on their research projects. Up to 4,000 US dollars per applicant (depending on budget) will be available to support the research.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3rd October 2022.

Inquiries can be forwarded to the PI, HEPISU Program on hepishssu@gmail.com

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