After weeks of news overload and discouraging statistics reflecting the impact of the Corona Virus, I want to understand and help my community understand how we might live and find meaning as we wait for an effective COVID-19 vaccine or treatment. As a licensed psychologist, here are my immediate thoughts:
workable solutions for your situation? Is there someone you can ask for help? If you find yourself worrying about something specifically (non-COVID), will that worry still be important 5 years from now?
2. Dedicate regular time for relaxation. Relaxation and rest are important, but even more so now as the stress of our daily lives is reaching a new high. What are the advantages of relaxation?
It can help you to feel more “grounded”. When calm, we can make better decisions. The relaxed mental state will allow you to
be more tolerant, appreciative, and compassionate towards
yourself and others. Lastly, relaxation can support physical
health and wellness. Expert tip- be sure that the activity you
choose really is relaxing, and not just numbing or
3. Consume less news and social media information/entertainment
related to COVID-19 (and related politics!!). How do you find the
balance between staying informed while not being consumed?
Personally I know that I have been reading or watching more
COVID-19 related news and social media updates relative to the
general news I used to consume in the pre-COVID 19 world. I think that this is an important action step to consider because
too much focus on COVID-19 news can interfere with finding calm
for ourselves and our loved ones and hinder our abilities to move
forward and find a new sense of “normal.” I think it’s important to
be thinking about these things and to be discussing what we hope
for the “new normal,” and what we need to get “there”- that is
within our control. Here’s a helpful article by respected cognitive
behavioral psychologist and author Dr. Robert Leahy (New York-
Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center) with additional
suggestions on how to adjust to “the new normal.”
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