I already miss my clients, my office-mates, and the rhythm of our usual practice. If you value the human aspects of practicing in person as much as I do, the transition to telehealth is going to take a little getting used to.
My university students are on an extended spring break, my therapy clients are being seen by phone and video chat, and my course development team and I are planning for an extended period of telecommuting. COVID-19 is here, new and menacing and spreading like wildfire. Gatherings and group events all over the country have been canceled. Hand sanitizer and zinc lozenges are out of stock everywhere. Health care workers and essential personnel of all kinds are overworked.
Human beings have dominated planet Earth not because of our fearsome physical prowess, but because of our remarkable ability to cooperate. Almost every complex achievement involves teams of people.
But just because cooperative effort is crucial in many situations, and working with others can help you stay accountable, it doesn’t mean that you should always default to group work. These are the situations in which working solo is definitely the way to go.
Negative comments engage avoidance motivation. When you’re motivated to avoid something bad, then an important strategy is to be vigilant for more bad things in the environment to make sure that you’re aware of problems as soon as they happen.
Psychology Professor and TPCE Instructor Art Markman discusses how mindfulness and other techniques can help you overccome the brain’s tendency to hold on to negative comments.
The brain is endlessly fascinating. Despite the amount of time we spend thinking, few of us learn much about the way our minds and brains work. As a result, there are some persistent myths about the brain. It is worth highlighting them, because you’ll think more effectively if you work with your brain rather than against it.
Savoring is a skill that entails paying full attention to a pleasurable sensory experience. By concentrating on the sensations you experience, you amplify your pleasure and activate the body’s psychophysiological relaxation response. The benefits of savoring can include an increased sense of well-being and enjoyment in life, reduced depressive symptoms, and greater mindfulness.
Savoring is closely related to other forms of attentional honing, such as meditation, and to other positive psychology exercises that increase gratitude. You can apply savoring to any pleasurable moment: a sip of cold water, a bite of fresh food, a warm bubble bath, a hug. The key is to pay attention—to focus on the way this pleasurable moment feels.