On March 21 at 4:30 pm, I decided that I couldn’t see clients in my office and face to face until – whenever. Every therapist in the world must have decided this at the same moment because overnight there were webinars, teleclasses, and support groups to assist us with transitioning from in person to telehealth counseling. This has been a learning curve for all of us – therapists and clients alike. We are three months in now, and still adjusting to this new world of therapy.
Everyone is part of the quarantine or affected by it in some way. Everyone’s experience of it is different.
There has been a lot of advice on the internet about how to use this time. Suggestions abound such as learning a new language, learning to play an instrument, writing that book you’ve been thinking about, or getting your MBA. This seems like a lot to ask of people during what may be the most anxious time in their lives. Maybe we can just encourage our clients, our friends and family, and ourselves to focus on developing new coping skills to go with our current lifestyle and an uncertain future.
Here are some ideas to substitute:
Learn to play an instrument – find a yoga video on YouTube and practice it
Learn a new language – take a nap
Write a book – read a book
Get an advanced degree – go outside