As of 3/24/20 we are expected to stay-at-home until 4/30/20. Mental Health IS an ESSENTIAL reason to leave your home. It is your choice (as long as you are not sick or have been in contact with a sick person) whether or not to do tele-health through https://doxy.me/jkvegh This IS HIPPA compliant. Please let me know if you will be using Doxy or coming to my office. Watch the video below to learn more about using Doxy, which does not require you to download anything or join. Using Chrome or Firefox is the best way to use this. I can still take new clients but please call me first. Also, any changes to your appointment please contact me first.
At this time, it is more important that you stay strong and healthy for the benefit of yourself and your families. Be good role models for your children and your community. Historically, we have seen panic cause more chaos and you don’t want to add to the problem. What is in the best interest for your families? What do you really need? How can you stretch out what you have? Cooking from scratch (with a recipe) with your love and care is a way to make healthy foods and stretch out your food budget. You can make your own bread, casseroles, stews, soups, and even cakes and cookies for the family. It can bring everyone together and this is a good time to practice talking to each other about how the day went and what steps to take in the days ahead.
With regard to your children it is important to keep them on a routine as they would in school. Children need to be clear that this is not a vacation and they need to follow the school’s guidelines for getting their work completed. It may last longer than we have been told and you don’t want them falling behind.
If you are able to stay home (and work) it is important that you also follow a routine. If you have a family, you will be managing your career schedule as well as your children’s schedule. It is a tough time now but you can get through this. Try to implement fun things into your routine to break up all the work you are doing.
Stay fit and have the family stay fit by working out together. Working out will build up your immune system. Get plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink water to hydrate after a workout. Make sure you are taking your daily vitamins and of course any prescription medications you are on.
Meditation and prayer for yourself and with the family are key to developing a balanced mind in these uncertain times. If your mind is free of chaos then those around you will benefit. If you haven’t tried meditation until now, this is the best time to practice. There are plenty of apps to help you such as Insight Timer, Breath, Calm, Soul Time, etc… Some have options for children so they can have fun learning as well.
If you are having a mental health crisis the hospitals have asked that you not go to the emergency room but contact Netcare or Columbus Springs to discuss treatment options.
In these uncertain times, focus on being a survivor rather than a victim. Call me and let’s talk about what the best course of action is for you and your loved ones! 614-813-7677 I am here for you and we will all get through this if we practice self-love, self-soothing, and wise and prudent actions.
Jeannine Vegh, M.A., I.M.F.T. Owner of Transformative Psychotherapy, LLC