Lynette Dixon, PhD, LPC, NCC, CRAADC
All that is happening with the Coronavirus pandemic can create a surrealistic sensation, sometimes even leaving one feeling like they are living out scenes from a movie. We have had to alter our daily routines and behavior in ways that we haven’t before. Many of us are adjusting to working from home, teaching our children at home, and having to isolate ourselves from friends and family members.
This can lead to feelings of loneliness, but we are not alone. In fact, we are being offered the opportunity to come together as one, united humankind working together to protect the most vulnerable amongst us. Making individual sacrifices for the greater good, is an incredible way to show love not only to those that we care for, but for the world as a whole. This love can spread and surround all of mankind, and we get to be a part of that. We are a part of history in the making, and we can overcome this together.
However, spending so much time at home can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and loneliness, so we need to work to stay connected. It is important to remember that while best health practices at this time require social distancing, we can still socialize distantly. Technology has been a wonderful blessing to us in this time. Getting out into nature and using our imaginations has also made a big comeback. Here are a few ways to stay connected with those that you love.
- Organize weekly video chats through platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facetime. Do this for yourself and for your children. Allow them to have virtual playdates.
- Do video social hours with colleagues from work. This can allow all of you the chance to catch up and stay connected without the conversation having to be focused on work.
- Weekly game nights or movie nights with friends can turn into virtual game nights.
- Write messages on your driveway in sidewalk chalk for those who are driving by to see.
- Many neighborhoods have been working together to organize themed scavenger hunts. For example, placing pictures of Easter eggs in the windows for children to be able to find as they go out on a walk, or lighting a candle or lantern in the window to see as you take an evening stroll. What a wonderful sense of community to feel, seeing all of this bring us together again.
- Pick up the telephone. We rely on text so often, and text can be a great way to communicate, but if you aren’t big on video chatting, use the good old telephone. It’s refreshing to hear a voice now and then.
There are countless ways to stay connected without having to be face to face. Get creative, reach out. We may all be in our homes separately, but we are all doing this together. If you are struggling emotionally at this time and need someone to talk to you can start by reaching out to a friend and share your feelings, but don’t be afraid to seek help from a professional. We are now providing therapy sessions via telehealth and are accepting new clients. Help is available.
Lynette Dixon, PhD, LPC, NCC, CRAADC serves families, couples, and individuals of all ages on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, marital concerns, addiction, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, and other trauma-related disorders. Lynette is also a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and she enjoys working with clients to overcome addiction. Lynette uses a variety of treatment approaches, including play therapy when working with young children.