struggling with a new reality--social distancing; sheltering in place;
self-quarantine; working from home, or not at all; virtual meetings; virtual
classes; virtual book groups; virtual parties.“Virtual-just-about-everything.”I’m impressed by the creativity and resilience I’ve seen in clients,
family, friends and community.Along-side
positivity is the need to acknowledge the full spectrum of feelings that this
unprecedented reality evokes.
will suggest some fundamental tools and strategies to help you thrive, as much
as possible, during this time.Included
in that are suggestions on how to acknowledge difficult feelings without
drowning in them.
Keep to a
routine sleep and wake schedule.If
you’re working, keep to a routine work schedule.Dress for work and/or social video calls.Eat healthy.Breathe. Exercise/Move your body. Stay in touch with others such as
family, friends, neighbors and co-workers while abiding by social distancing
and other safe practices.
Make time to
acknowledge your feelings, but try not to let them take charge of you.Make a “space” for them, such as a journal, a
real or imaginary container, or a particular time during your day.Be self-compassionate, and remember that
others are likely experiencing similar feelings.Remember that your feelings are valid and
important, but they aren’t all of you.
important, if you’re feeling you can’t cope on your own, seriously consider contacting
a therapist, or your primary care physician.Most are offering Telehealth sessions, via video or telephone, covered
by many insurance plans.
some Crisis Center Contacts:
Line, text HOME to 741741, available 24/7, text only
Statewide Helpline, 1-877-870-4673, available 24/7, talk or text
Call 2 Talk,
508-532-2255, available 24/7, talk or text