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How to Not Let the Coronavirus Steal Your Mental Health While You’re At Home

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This is good information in these troubled times. It begins:

by Kara Bowman, MFT, CT, CCTP, C-GC

We are fortunate to be going through this pandemic in the age of electronic communication that provides us with information, connection, productivity and entertainment. We are equally fortunate that we have decades of psychological research to guide us in getting through an experience of isolation in a way that will stave off depression and anxiety while helping us grow and thrive.

My county was one of the first in the country to adopt a legal Shelter in Place order. Residents are not to leave their homes other than for essential activities or to be in nature six feet apart from anyone from another household. As a mental health professional, I would like to share some tips about how to be physically isolated without letting it take a mental toll.

Create Structure:  Make a schedule each day and keep to it. You may want to vary it on the weekends or different days for variety. If you don’t consciously fill your time, your time will fill up for you. Listen to podcasts, watch videos, read, exercise, talk to friends, work on a project, create art, listen to music, dance, play games, cook, take a bath or do whatever you’re going to feel good about at the end of the day. Just be proactive, rather than reactive.

Get Physical: . . .

Continue reading. There’s more.

In the “Learn something” category, let me point out Duolingo also offers Esperanto lessons. But seems particularly good.

Esperanto is useful because even young children find it easy to learn (and it will help them if they later learn another non-English language) — and perhaps it can serve as a family “secret language” in the future. 🙂

Written by Leisureguy

22 March 2020 at 6:35 am

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