Expectations in Quarantine

We all talk to ourselves, and what we tell ourselves matters. At the best of times we hold expectations for ourselves and others that can increase anxiety, self judgement, and feelings of failure. When things are stressful or overwhelming, often our expectations stay the same, or increase, without any accommodation for what we are experiencing. Maybe some of these thoughts sound familiar to you: – “They all look so happy in this picture! Why can’t Read more…

Staying Present in the Midst of Uncertainty

As a global society, we have so much uncertainty about our future which makes it incredibly hard for us to be in the moment. Being in the moment is vitally important because it allows us to connect with ourselves, as well as the people around us. Often when we struggle to manage our distressing thoughts or emotions, we are fixated in the past or the future. There can be a sense of peace when we Read more…

Eating to Cope

Many of us are struggling to find ways to cope with the stress and uncertainty of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Some people turn to connecting with others online. Some learn new skills or binge watch shows. Others turn to food to find comfort and solace, to assist with anxiety, or just to combat boredom. Social media then adds to this with memes and jokes about gaining weight during the pandemic, as well as normalizing unrealistic Read more…

Trauma of a Pandemic

These current events have caused me to step back and realize that collectively, we are all going through an inherently traumatic experience. Regardless of our views on the virus, or our political leaning, all of our realities have been impacted in one way or another. More and more I find myself using the coping techniques that I typically teach my traumatized clients, and that’s why I feel using these blog posts is a good opportunity Read more…

Social Distancing & Social Well-being

This COVID-19 pandemic has been hard. Really hard. It’s upended our norms; challenged our sense of security; and some days, even our sanity. We find ourselves in a period of uncertainty, living day-to-day with as much integrity and self-respect as we can muster. My humble suggestion to all of us going through this: With yourself and with others around you; Be safe, Be compassionate, Be intentional. Take your physical health seriously. Eat well, sleep well, Read more…