An achievable goal gives us purpose and control in uncertain times. Set specific, short-term goals for your situation.
"I will replace my weekly lunch with friends with a phone call or text," instead of "I will use social distancing."
"I will only check the news for 30 minutes each morning during this isolation period," instead of "I will read less news."
Challenge negative and catastrophic thoughts to take away their power. Focus on things you can control.
Instead of thinking, "My dad is in a high risk category. If he gets COVID, he won't make it." Try thinking, "My dad is in a high-risk category and I'm worried, but my worrying is normal. He is keeping his distance from others and I will check on him daily."
Instead of thinking, "How can I make ends meet when I can't work the way I need to?" Try thinking, "This is stressful. I can't do what I am used to doing but will take each day as it comes. I am doing the best I can for my work and my family."
Finding gratitude reminds us of what we do have and what is going right.
Who are you thankful for?
What are you thankful for?
What did you notice today that made you smile?
Write it down, share it with your loved ones or post it on social media.
This research is based on a resilience-building program for young adults with serious illness called PRISM developed and designed by Drs. Abby Rosenberg and Joyce Yi-Frazier at Seattle Children's Hospital. Learn more about this research and follow the PRISM team on Twitter @AbbyRosenbergMD and @pcresilience.
If you or a member of your family needs help right away, please call 911 or visit your local emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741).