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Do you have a lot of down time during the COVID-19 epidemic? Today, national anxiety is at an all-time high. People are struggling with increased isolation and panic, and report feeling a bit touch-starved. Here are some great ways to curve the boredom, decrease anxiety, and increase a sense of connection to yourself and others. 

  • Stay connected to friends and family through text, letters, and portals such as Facetime or Zoom

  • Go out into the woods, your back yard, or a local park (pay attention to the sounds, smells, sites, and don’t shy away from touching plants, rocks, water, dirt, etc.) 

  • Read some books (see below for ideas)

  • Listen to podcasts

  • Practice yoga, mindfulness, or reconnect to your spiritual practices 

  • Get creative: make art, color in a coloring book, write a story, or create something with your hands

  • Try a new recipe or bake something interesting 

  • Journal or set goals for yourself  (short and long-term)

  • Host a cyber movie night with friends 

As a culture, we thrive on productivity and work ethic. So much so that it can easily become a distraction from being present with ourselves emotionally and relationally. Use this time to tune-in. Pay attention to the sensations that show up in your body. Notice the emotions tied to those sensations. Be kind to yourself and be curious about what things you may have been distracted from. Use this opportunity to do some emotional self-care. Use this time to check in with old friends or family members to ask how they are doing. Offer support. Obtain support. 

If you are stumped on what to read, below are some wonderful books that address a variety of relational issues with family, partners, and interpersonal. 

This post was written by:

HBH partner, Stone Mill Couple and Family Therapy - Rachel M. Croce, LIMFT


"Growing Yourself Up" by Jenny Brown, Ph.D.

"The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.


"Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love" by Amir Levine, M.D. and Rachel Heller, M.A.


"Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" by Dr. Sue Johnson


"The Montessori Child" by Simone Davies

"Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child" by John Gottman, Ph.D.

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