If you are feeling stressed by the uncertainty and disruptions to "normal life" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. On Monday, March 30 from 7:00 to 7:45PM, Jewish Federation launches COPING WITH COVID STRESS, an online support series with Dr. Kerri Weiss, PhD, of Ocean Waves Wellness.
Dr. Kerri will guide participants in a conversation with questions & answers. The focus will be strategies to help us get through this challenging time.
Session will take place on the online teleconference platform, Zoom. Space is limited. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION AND TIPS ON USING ZOOM.
"As our Jewish community finds new ways to connect and care for each other every day, I encourage you to explore the resources and experiences that make Jewish Life Online strong, supportive, and sweet," said Susan Antman, Federation's Executive Director. Click here for Federation's Coronavirus Update & Resource web page.
Antman noted this is not therapy, but an opportunity for the community to support each other. "We are family. We take care of each other," adding if you or someone you know is in distress, please seek medical attention or contact Jewish Family Services in Middlesex County (732-777-1940) or Jewish Family & Children's Service in Monmouth County (732-774-6886).
Kerri Weiss, PhD is a licensed psychologist helping adults and adolescents navigate life transitions, connect with hope, and feel empowered in their lives. She earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University at Buffalo. Prior to private practice, she served as the Director of the Day Treatment Program and as an outpatient therapist at the Renfrew Center of NJ, worked as a staff psychologist at the University at Buffalo Counseling Center, and as part of the BeginWithin Center in Red Bank, NJ. READ MORE
The following mental self-care suggestions are compliments of Robert Zega, Ed.D., Superintendent of Woodbridge Schools.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and induce anxious feelings.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, exercise, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and get plenty of sleep
- Make time to unwind and partake in activities you enjoy. Embrace a hobby or take up a new one.
- Connect with others and build a social network.
- Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Try to maintain a normal routine. Structure your days with normal meals, break times and time to relax.
- Put things into perspective. Think about what you are grateful for and what makes you feel happy in stressful times.
- Manage what you can and release what you cannot.
- Acknowledge your stress and focus on what you can control instead of what you cannot.
FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND TIPS, SEE THE CDC'S WEB LINK ON MANAGING ANXIETY & STRESS RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS - COVID PANDEMIC.