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Help! Don’t Leave! Dealing with Separation Anxiety Especially after COVID-19 Quarantine

In the past few months, I have heard clients and family members express the difficulty they are having with leaving their homes, families, and even pets for the day. It seems that with COVID-19 and shelter in place, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate.  It seems children are struggling too with separation from parents.  Separation anxiety is a common...[ read more ]

Anxiety Related to Remote and Hybrid Learning: Five Tips for Parents

2020 has been a crash course in adaptability, and as summer winds down, the uncertainty with school only strengthens it. Many school districts have published and revised their plans several times, and school hasn’t even started yet. E-learning, remote, hybrid are new vocabulary words, and there has been record breaking attendance at school board meetings. For schools that do have...[ read more ]

Practicing Opposite to Emotion Action: A Skill to Help with Intense Emotions

On any given day, humans can experience a wide array of emotions: happiness, sadness, hope, despair, anxiety, guilt, and joy. The list could go on and on. Emotions come and go - they are not stagnant. That being said, we can unintentionally get stuck in or perpetuate an emotion by the way that we respond to emotion through our actions....[ read more ]

Dealing with COVID-19: Seven Tips for Teens

What a strange and unprecedented time.  Never in our lives have we had to practice social distancing, stay in our homes, be fearful of giving friends and loved ones hugs, be so afraid of getting sick, do all online learning, miss out on everyday events like participating in class, talking to friends in person, sports, plays, parties, proms, and graduations. ...[ read more ]

Staying Connected During Covid-19

Human beings are social creatures, and therefore, social connectivity is important to our well-being and stress management. Being connected to others creates feelings of belonging, love, and purpose. Many people are asking, “How do we stay connected during a time of social distancing?” Here are some tips: Log on to Social Media Typically we say that social media creates feelings...[ read more ]

The 6 Ss for Taking Care of Your Mental Health during COVID-19 Quarantine

In the wake of the COVID pandemic, for the first time in the history of our nation, all states have simultaneously declared a state of emergency. People are shut in their homes and worried about their health as well as the health of everyone around them. The fear and uncertainty all around us has never been so thick. COVID and...[ read more ]

Parenting Tips Amidst COVID-19

Parenting is one of the most challenging roles a person will face, and no doubt the national shelter in place order is only adding to the stress. With the extension of the stay at home order, many parents are without work or working from home and now taking on the role of teacher, coach, and entertainment committee. It is normal...[ read more ]

Anxiety and COVID-19

Have you found yourself excessively worrying about COVID-19? Are you constantly researching or watching the news? Are you finding it difficult to adapt to the lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic? If so, you are not alone. Many individuals are finding that the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, as well as the disruptions to daily routine, have resulted in...[ read more ]

Self-Compassion During COVID-19 Quarantine

Quarantine birthday parades, family dance parties, workout challenges, balcony sing-a-longs, puzzles, and BANANA BREAD… it seems as though this pandemic has been nothing but fun for the people I see as I scroll through my social media feeds and tune in to the news. Almost without hesitation, the message that we were being told about quarantine is that we should...[ read more ]

Practicing Mindfulness During COVID-19

It’s been a weird time for us all: isolating in our homes, spending more time than usual with our loved ones and trying our best to adapt to this new ‘norm.’ Let’s be honest, it’s not always easy. So how do we cope during this time? How do we keep our thoughts from wandering into the future? The answer is...[ read more ]