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Being Emotionally Connected While Being Socially Distant: How to overcome loneliness while practicing social distancing

Social distancing is critical to containing COVID-19; however, such precautions - while necessary - may create some negative emotions.  Specifically, social isolation can cause feelings of loneliness.  Here are some ideas about how to overcome feelings of loneliness during this time of face-to-face isolation or distancing, which will likely last several weeks - if not… Continue reading Being Emotionally Connected While Being Socially Distant: How to overcome loneliness while practicing social distancing

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Helping Children Cope with COVID-19

Children (like their parents) can become very scared during this time of quarantines and social distancing.  The link below provides access to a free, 37-page downloadable guide for parents of children who may be struggling.  Although it is designed for children currently in teletherapy ("virtual" or phone therapy), many of the activities and suggestions it… Continue reading Helping Children Cope with COVID-19

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Surviving Social Distancing: Six Ideas about how to Psychologically Get Through COVID-19

Resist the urge to grind an axe. We displace our frustration or anxiety on our favorite pet peeve.  Over the last 48 hours on social media, I have seen posts expressing anger towards minorities (“They started it”), Mormons (“They horde everything”), non-Mormons (“They weren’t prepared”),  Republicans (“They didn’t take it seriously”), and progressives (“They purposely… Continue reading Surviving Social Distancing: Six Ideas about how to Psychologically Get Through COVID-19

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Cyberbullying: Emotional Survival in the Digital Age

How does electronic and social media impact children?  Specifically, how does it influence a child’s social skills and friendships?  Cyberbullying refers to bully-ish posts done electronically, typically through texting or social media.  While some of us have been bullied online, there is another side to this issue: how much do we participate in cyberbullying ourselves?