More Quarantine Tips (Practical Stuff)

This stuff is just hard. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Here are some helpful resources I’ll link to and give credit to where I’m getting them from.

From “How to ADHD” YouTube Channel (we are all having problems with concentrating so I think these tips can help everyone). Manage working from home and schooling from home AND dealing with our new reality.

Here is a great workbook from Psychology Tools, always a great source, Living with Anxiety and Worry COVID-19

Quarantine Tips

Manage Covid-19 Anxiety:

Turn off the news. Watch only once or twice a day. Everything you really need to know is here. Watching constantly is signaling danger to your brain, causing cortisol levels to stay elevated so that energy needed to flee the danger your brain is believing is ready to chase you is readily available. Shelter In Place does not go well with raised cortisol levels so let’s work to lower them.

Watch these videos. Covid-19 is a reality. We can fight it by laughing about how it’s affecting us. This will help desensitize us to the fear. We must remain vigilant about the things we can control but we can do that without stressing out our brains and bodies with constant high levels of cortisol. It’s okay to feel happy right now. Or any of your feelings. You NEED to feel them. Allow yourself to feel them. We tend to fear that if we start to cry we won’t be able to stop. You will stop. Let it out.

Talk to your friends and family, your doctor, your therapist about your fears.

Do some Square Breathing, especially when you feel anxiety that causes physical symptoms, like tightness in your chest.

Choose an app that helps. Here are a few:

  • Calm
  • HeadSpace
  • Pacifica
  • Happify
  • Worry Watch
  • Brain.fm
  • and do your own search in your app or play store!

Focus on What You Can Control – click and look at what particularly is within our control related to COVID-19.

Take extra time to rest and just be. Instead of your commute maybe you sit in the sun by a window for a little while.

Use Social Media for FUN. Do not rely on it for news. And don’t forget to be social! Virtual interactions with others are definitely not the same as in person ones but they are still good for you. We are social beings, we need to interact with each other.

Check on your friends, send a text, give them a call or video chat. They need you as much as you need them.

Keep to a routine. Create one that fits your life now, don’t worry that your regular routine can’t be kept right now. If working from home, it really helps signal your brain when you get OFF work if you change into your comfy clothes when you end your work day (even if that’s from sweats to pajamas).

Find ways to move your body – dance, gentle stretching, follow along with a You Tube exercise video. Get into cooking as something fun or interesting. Build things, draw, color, make music. These things soothe us. Really get into it. Let your mind and body slow.

If you are having difficult reactions to the quarantine, the pandemic, to loss, or for anything that you can’t get to us for, we are here to help you. Right now. We are telehealth therapists. Give us a call or send us an email, we’ll send you a link.

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ADHD Humor

I am a therapist with ADHD. Not to worry though, because being in a therapy session with my clients is an area where I hyperfocus and it actually becomes a gift in those sessions. (One of those upsides we like to help you find in your own life.) However, it does interfere with some parts of life so I’ve developed quite a few coping strategies. You can find those all over the web but I highly recommend www.attitudemag.com for tips to help with all ages. Edit on 3/23/18: Here is a YouTube channel that

This article caught my funny bone so I decided to share it here. Those of you with adult ADHD will most likely relate and will identify with at least one thing in the article. I pretty much do all of them except that I don’t have young children. Enjoy a chuckle at my expense because the author must have been following me the last time I went to Target.

Note: I almost never go to Target. And Costco? I’ve never been there!  This is my grandson. They don’t allow me to take him shopping. 😉

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Active!

Or in other words, life got really busy after that active surrendering! Time to take a breath.

I was back to working on the website tonight and got sucked into this vortex of rabbit holes that I think doesn’t happen to millennials. Computers were in their hands from as long as they can remember, so their brains are shaped differently than mine.

In my active surrendering I found a lot of help from my friends and my family. When I surrendered, and surrendered… there were people there to catch me. Sometimes I forget to use my support network,  I forget to ask for help.

We can all use a hand for things that are not our strengths, or for those blind spots we all have. We are all human, and we can all use some rest and help from our support networks.

When we don’t realize that we’re doing too much or trying too hard, our bodies will tell us. We get tired, or we get sick, anxious, or stressed.

If you don’t have a support network, we can help you build one. Just ask!

Surrender

Surrender comes in many forms; recently I was talking with some friends who opened my eyes to the idea that surrender is an active process. If we want to surrender our will to God, for instance, then we have to choose to do so on an ongoing basis. We humans tend to take back control because we are frightened or insecure or feeling our way is the only way. Though we know logically our way isn’t working, we just keep reverting to it out of habit unless we check our awareness of when we have gone back to the ways that are not working. Sometimes we revert because we don’t trust in others and decide we just have to do it ourselves if it’s ever going to get done “right”. Actively surrendering is being open to letting others show us other ways.

When things aren’t working out, we need another person to help us see what we can’t see ourselves. We need perspective.

If there is something that isn’t working out for you, we would like to be that other “person” for you. Our team of 6 horses, an Equine Specialist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor are here to be your “person”. We want to help and we strongly believe that we can. 940 300-2312

Support

What a great thing we have in “support”! What things are you needing support for? Me, it’s this website!

I just chatted with a great chat support person with a sense of humor. I asked for his name so I could give him a great review, and I’ve decided I’m going to showcase him in this post too. I told him that I am a therapist, I’m 55, and I’d rather be on a horse than doing a website so when we accomplished my meta tag code thingie, I was a little giddy!

His reply: “Haha 🙂 The names Jeffry Ghazally and its been a pleasure chatting with you today. ”

So thanks again, Jeffry Ghazally! I am going to bed feeling accomplished instead of defeated.

Because after a couple of weeks of not asking for help, I did.

It’s okay to ask for help.

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…Yet

Thank you to https://holtzy1652.com/2015/03/22/yet/ for the above. I saw it on Pinterest while looking for pins to inspire me for this website.

And I thought …we all have our things that we don’t get or can’t do…yet. So I’m encouraged, and I hope that you are too, by Holtzy’s words.

Look around my website a little and you’ll find that “This doesn’t work” may come to mind a lot when you click or you see my Widget text box still explaining that it’s a widget text box. It doesn’t work…yet!  But it will, and whatever is causing you to struggle right now is going to get better too.

Just not …yet.

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Lightning strike

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