Fighting the Pressure to Be the Perfect Shut-in

Many of my friends and clients are feeling a particular pressure right now to be extra productive and use their safer-at-home time to complete tasks and learn new skills. Some of them are hosting family sports tournaments, cleaning out closets, or writing that novel that was wasting away in a file. Others are slaying life by juggling home schooling with working from the home office. Others, however, are fighting off depression and anxiety and are having trouble just getting out of bed. I’m reminded over and over that there’s no “right” way to function right now. Some people feel better when they’re industrious, and work best with a strict schedule. Others are learning to sit with their anxie

Online Support Resources for Coronavirus Anxiety

We all need more connection, more company right now, especially those with mood disorders. Here's a list of online support groups seen recently. Not a definitive list (feel free to send me more) and some may have been one-time only. 1. Online recovery support group, Tuesdays 9:30-10:45, contact Tori Palliccia, Torilplmft.com, via google hangouts 2. Online support group, free, Wednesday 9:00 – 10:00 AM PD; Group 2: Wednesday at 7:00-8:00 PM PDT, March 18 – May 6, 2020. Contact Laura Westmoreland, laura@laurawestmoreland.com 3. Coronavirus Anxiety Support Group, Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, contact Fassazadehs@gmail.com, via Zoom 4. Free trial for online support group, led by LMFT Rena Pollak, Fri

A Letter to Clients with Coronavirus Anxiety

I sent this message out to clients this week, maybe you'll find it helpful: Hi, I’m sending this to let you know that during this time of great weirdness, I’m offering support in any way I can. I’m doing phone and video sessions, as well as quicker check-ins for those of you who can’t get an hour of privacy. Let me know how you’re doing, and what you need. So many of us are feeling nervous and at loose ends. In my conversations with clients and friends, a few basic pieces of wisdom keep cropping up that I’ve found soothing, so I thought I’d share them briefly. 1. Remember that upheaval comes periodically throughout history and the world has always survived it. We are resilient. This too shal

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