I have struggled with loneliness during the pandemic shelter in-place. Conscientious social distancing, turns into social isolation, which culminates into being alone. It's okay to be alone, but it doesn't feel good to be forced to be alone. The is where loneliness emerges. It is not just me who feels
As a clinical psychologist, working primarily with high school-age teenagers, I have heard first-hand what it has been like to be a student during COVID-19. Boredom, low motivation, apathy, distractions, no structure, minimal parent understanding of tech, difficulty comprehending material offered online without actual in-person instruction, no peer influence motivating
As I write this post, 279,542 people have died from COVID19. Politics and conjecture aside (i.e., whose to blame, cities opening/staying closed, etc.), these are real people, taken suddenly, with grieving families, and lonely deaths. As we approach week #9 of shelter in-place, I am not going to tell you
Arms swings forward (10) and backward (10) to warm-up body.
High Knee walk in-place (20 seconds)
Planks (20 seconds)
Half-Sit Up (20 seconds)
Five Knee on ground Push-Ups
Finish with Jumping Jacks (20 seconds)
PLAY WITH SIBLINGS
HANG OUT WITH FAMILY
VIDEOGAMING (NO MORE THAN 2 HOURS AT A TIME)
GETTING GOOD SLEEP AT NIGHT
TEXTING/CALLING/SOME SOCIAL MEDIA
PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
MAKE MONEY HELPING PARENTS
The past 3 weeks of shelter in-place,during the coronavirus pandemic, has been filled with fear, anxiety, economic collapse, 100,000+ dead... and resiliency, grace, and tremendous acts of courage demonstrated by first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, neighbors, and strangers around the globe.
Meanwhile, the kids are all right. That is
DAILY SELF-CARE FOR TEENS
9 hours Nightly
Stop using all electronics (TV, computer, phone, etc.) at least 60 minutes before you try to go to sleep.
Read a book or magazine just before going to sleep (to get your mind off the concerns of the day).
Healthy food at least 3 times/day
Protein in a.m.
These are collected wisdoms I gathered from various mentors, friends, and teachers in 2017. I encourage you to write down your own list of wisdoms, lessons learned, and deep truths gathered along your way. They can become the principles upon which you live your life.
1. When the pain begins, Fall
When a mom looks at her baby and smiles, you often see the baby smile. When you see a dad hold his baby and frown, you see the baby frown or make an unusual face. When you see a skateboard crash-video on YouTube, you wince in pain as you somehow
Make the most of your high school experience (academics, teacher/mentors, activities, sports, arts).
Make the most of this time in your life.
Only engage in healthy friendships.
Treat your body with great respect (exercise, eat good food, no sodas, eat breakfast, wait a while to have sex, get 9