Peace JALs and Family,

As I mentioned throughout the week I will be sharing tips as they are shared with me. During this crisis it is important that we remain knowledgeable and try to employ new skills, that can help us cope with the COVID19 situation.

A rehab therapist shared a dope resource within her research, in particular a video called “FACE COVID - How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis”. It’s presented on YouTube by Dr. Russ Harris, who has an extensive background in psychology and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). 

Check it out:

Focus on what’s in your control. We can’t control the future or the coronavirus itself, and we can’t always control how it makes us feel. Let’s look at what we do have control over. Think to yourself, “What’s going on right now, at this moment, that I do have control over?”

Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings. See if you can recognize and be accepting of what’s happening to your body in this moment. What sensations, urges or feelings are you experiencing? Maybe you say to yourself, “I notice have anxiety over this. It’s causing me to feel restless” or “This is causing me to feel lonely, and I’m not sure how to handle that.” 

Come back into your body. What are some ways you can help your mind become connected to your physical self? Maybe you try some stretching in different positions, or try relaxing each individual body part into your chair or into the floor.

Engage in what you’re doing. What are you doing right now, at this time? Try to see if you can focus on what’s going on in this exact moment for you. Can you notice 5 things that you can see, 5 things that you can hear, or 5 things that you can touch. This is known as grounding yourself. Try and give your full attention to whatever activity you are currently doing.

Committed action. Ask yourself “What can I do, no matter how small, that will help myself or others around me right now?” Think about what is important to you, and how you can use those values in this time of crisis. Ask, “What do I enjoy doing that I could use to improve the quality of my life or others during the coronavirus?” 

Opening up. Allow yourself to experience those difficult feelings, such as fear, or anxiety, or loneliness. Recognize that this is normal, and that we need to make room and allow ourselves to experience these thoughts and feelings, even when it’s painful. Be kind to yourself. Let yourself know that you can feel these types feelings.

Values. Your committed action is powered by your own personal values. In the face of this crisis, what values are most crucial to you? Your values might include things like honesty, courage, compassion, love, humor. Write down a couple of your core values. How can you implement these values in your day?

Identify resources. Who can I turn to in case of an emergency, or if I just need someone to talk to? Write down those phone numbers or contacts. Make sure you can access them at any time.

Disinfect and distance. This one doesn’t need as much explaining, lol! Make sure you are following the public health and CDC guidelines for distancing yourself physically and practicing appropriate hand washing/hygiene techniques.


Check out Dr. Russ’ video on YouTube at this link:  https://youtu.be/BmvNCdpHUYM