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The COVID-19 pandemic has created new mental health challenges and changed how we cope with them.
I asked my colleagues to share the things that have helped them manage their mental health throughout quarantine. You can find 18 of them below.
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Whether you’re an essential worker, a parent juggling full-time work with caregiving responsibilities, or currently unemployed, the pandemic has likely introduced significant mental health challenges into your life. On top of that, going through months of isolation and political stress without our usual self-care tools (like spending quality, in-person time with loved ones) can make it all the more difficult to cope.
Getting through such a year is accomplishment enough, and putting pressure on ourselves to reach big self-improvement goals during this time risks leading to more burnout. But taking care of our mental health is a necessity. It’s what helps us get through everything else, even if we’ve had to redesign how we tend to our emotional wellbeing while staying at home.
In place of social outings or in-person therapy, small, affordable, and convenient options have become good tools in strengthening our mental health: taking a walk, calling friends, or challenging ourselves with an achievable task like a puzzle or a language-learning app. So have remote therapy and more accessible books, classes, or podcasts about therapy or psychology.
The conditions that made life so strange and difficult in 2020 unfortunately won’t vanish in 2021. So I asked my colleagues to share some of the things that have helped them feel better over the last year. You can find our favorites below, in case any of them may pique your interest, too.
18 things that helped our mental health in 2020:
Dear Therapist Podcast
Listen to the Dear Therapists podcast here
I first learned of this podcast by one of its hosts, Lori Gottlieb, while interviewing her for a very similar resource: Her book, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”.
Both the book and “Dear Therapists” allow you to step inside of actual therapy sessions without going yourself. In “Dear Therapists”, Gottlieb and her co-host, Guy Winch, receive letters from listeners detailing someone’s personal challenges. Gottlieb and Winch then record a joint therapy session with the letter-writer and end it by giving them actionable steps to take in the following week. Then, they record a follow-up call to see how it went.
With the podcast, and the book, you get to hear what a real therapy session is like, as well as benefit from other people’s “aha” moments; As Gottlieb told me, “they’re different situations, but what you see is that it’s …read more
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