News Category: COVID-19

How to Live in Limbo: Three Strategies for Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

Oct. 15, 2020

The pandemic has brought untold uncertainty and discomfort, but recognizing "that this is not the permanent future is necessary to fight feelings like 'this will never end,' " says social worker Alexandra Finkel. Here are three strategies for how we might accept living in a constant state of in-betweenness, in order to better manage how scary this state can be.

https://forge.medium.com/how-to-live-in-limbo-47f60583fcb7

Dating During COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2020

The landscape of dating has changed with the coronavirus pandemic and the need to be physically distant from others. In regards to setting boundaries about mask wearing and dating, Marie Helweg-Larsen, a professor of psychology at Dickinson College, says we tend to underestimate our own risk and are biased towards the people we choose to date. This article provides tips on how to date safely during the global pandemic and some stories of how others have dated during this time.

Online Resources for Mental Health and Addiction

Oct. 8, 2020

Social isolation and loneliness are linked to increased struggle with staying emotionally healthy. This article provides a number of resources, like helplines, hotlines, and online resources available both nationally and locally, including, Alcoholics Anonymous, National Eating Disorder Association Helpline, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

https://www.verywellmind.com/support-for-mental-health-and-addiction-issues-during-covid-19-4801794

Quick Stress Resets During COVID-19

Oct. 6, 2020

Chronic worry and stress impacts how we respond emotionally. Common ways we sometimes use to manage our emotions, like judging emotions, pushing feelings away, procrastination, food or addictive substances, can ultimately backfire. As we go through this emotional “ultramaraton” of coronavirus this article provides quick, helpful things we can do to reduce our stress levels.  

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/well/mind/five-minute-coronavirus-stress-resets.html

 

Reconnecting Romantically While Sheltering-in-Place

Oct. 1, 2020

Couples adapting to social isolating at home run into challenges, this couple shares a practice they tried to bring more excitement and passion into their relationship, even while sheltering-in-place.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts/item/how_to_reconnect_with_your_partner

Helping Children With Distance Learning

Sept. 29, 2020

Back to school looks dramatically different than it did a year ago, and some parents may be wondering how to set their students up for success. This article highlights three skills: focus, motivation, and flexibility, and ways to foster each that will be useful no matter where or what the learning format is.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/three_ways_to_help_your_kids_succeed_at_distance_learning

How Covid-19 Contributes to Burnout and What to Do

Sept. 22, 2020

Collectively, we are undergoing numerous stressors because of Covid-19 and the social awareness of racial injustice. These stressors can lead to burnout. While burnout is not a mental health diagnosis, symptoms of it include emotional exhaustion, apathy, and higher levels of dissatisfaction and irritability. This article talks about how the pandemic contributes to burnout and offers some strategies to consider for additional support.

Managing Household Chore Conflict During Covid-19

Sept. 8, 2020

Some families and couples have been spending lots of time together lately. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, provides some principles for couples to do to reduce conflict in the household regarding chores, including having explicit discussions about expectations and recognizing "unconscious overclaiming," where we may overestimate our contributions compared to others.

https://gretchenrubin.com/2020/04/13-suggestions-chores-covid-19

Parental Self-Care During a Pandemic

Sept. 3, 2020

Self-care when you’re caring for little ones can be hard. This article includes ways to incorporate self-care as many parents are juggling multiple roles and responsibilities in a household.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/13/health/self-care-tips-for-parents-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

Moving Towards Repair When You Disagree With Your Partner

Aug. 27, 2020

Couples will inevitably disagree. John Gottman says “69% of relationship conflict is about perpetual problems” which means they may never agree about these issues. He says “instead of solving their perpetual problems, what seems to be important is whether or not a couple can establish a dialogue about them”. This article uses a current example, a couple disagreeing about current physical distancing guidelines, and provides specific ideas about how to have a respectful conversation about a topic that evokes strong feelings for many people.