Now what? Things have changed drastically for all of us. We may feel that things are out of control with COVID-19 virus changing our ability to go to work, school and socialize.
Why is “socially distancing” important?
Socially distancing is to help protect ourselves and others from this airborne virus. The “six foot rule” should be far enough away from others to prevent droplets from a sneeze or cough entering our space to inhale.
Why are they shutting down businesses, schools and limiting gatherings and activities?
This is also to prevent the spread of the virus. We can carry the virus with minimal symptoms. We can spread the virus before we have symptoms. Children can have mild symptoms and spread the virus unknowingly.
Many may not be infected in a severe manner. We need to protect those that are high risk and could have severe complications or even die from this virus. Everyone has those over 65 years old in their family, those with heart conditions, asthma, smokers or autoimmune diseases in their family or friend group. Think of these people and how important protection is for them during this crisis.
What happens if I don’t follow the new rules?
You can be fined, jailed or both! It is imperative that we all do our part and work together during this crisis. It is not just about us as an individual but about the greater good of our communities and families. Santa Cruz Shelter in Place Order
How am I supposed to deal with this?
First of all make sure that you are grounded and centered. Being in “anxiety brain” will not help you access your true self to make the best choices for yourself and family. Take care of basic self care: healthy food, plenty of water and proper sleep. Use humor to get through the day. Reframe situations as they arise. Look for the reality of the situation. Limit social media information about the virus and go to trusted sources like the CDC website . Be pro-active with implementing new routines of disinfecting. Utilize mindfulness practices to stay grounded. Fact check social media information at SNOPES.
What do I do about not being able to go to work?
You can collect unemployment if you miss work due to schools being shut down or if you or a family member gets sick. There is a lot of information and the wait period has been canceled. Check out the EDD site.
What can I do being confined in the house with my family?
*have a virtual dance party with friends or family
Quarantunes by Rita Wilson
*play on-line video games to stay connected to others
*enjoy some board games
Some of our family favorites: UNO, Clue, Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Superfight, Fact or Crap
*have fun with phone apps
*have virtual challenges/tricks with friends
*catch up on binge worthy series
*connect with others through phone calls and social media
*check out new educational items on xfinity
*take time to do some of those saved Pinterest recipes and crafts
Always remember life is about choices...we choose to control our attitudes and actions
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Sheryl Isaacs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently working in Scotts Valley seeing clients in private practice.
Sheryl has worked with families and children that have experienced a wide range of issues including: anxiety, trauma, depression, autism, ADHD, developmental issues, behavioral issues, divorce,
bulimia, grief, communication and self esteem issues.
She provides parental coaching, child therapy, sibling counseling, family therapy, marriage counseling, and individual counseling.