To help Australians through the COVID-19 crisis, The Brainary partnered with Dr Lawrence Shapiro, famous psychologist and prolific publisher of wellbeing resources to make available the Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a worldwide health crisis as well as a worldwide mental health crisis. Medical professionals have made clear what we need to do to protect ourselves from the health risks of the coronavirus: keep two arms length away from others, wash our hands frequently, avoid touching our faces, wear face masks and gloves in public, and so forth. However, what people should do for mental health issues is not really clear.
This workbook was written to help you understand the many ways the pandemic can affect your mental health, and it offers practical tools and solutions to deal with problems before they become too serious.
The workbook you included with a recent email contains, by far, THE most relevant, effective, appealing, original and helpful worksheets I have seen on the majority of the topics covered, but the fact that they are all in one place and available for free is something I am so grateful for that I had to take time out and let you know. This is a fantastic resource, not just for now but at any time. Thank you for making these different from other things available currently. I find there are some people who have encountered the same standard worksheets so many times across various treatment types that they don't bother with them anymore and lose faith in those providing them with those resources. The worksheets you've provided are refreshing and well-executed. Thanks again! Ashley Boehm
Table of Contents
Section One: Addressing Pandemic Problems and Symptoms
Is Coronavirus Anxiety Triggering Your Mental Health Issues?
Dealing with Mental Health Problems Created by the Pandemic
Dealing with Depression
What to Do When You Worry Too Much About Your Health
Are You Really Sick?
Managing Anger and Irritability While Stuck at Home
Decreasing the Strain on Your Relationship
Managing Your Mood While Observing Social Distancing
Protecting Yourself from Anxiety Contagion
Creating a Family Schedule to Maintain Structure and Routine
Keeping a Schedule
Exercising at Home
Staying Motivated While “Sheltering-in-Place”
Staying Connected to Others
Controlling Your Drinking
Conducting Positive Family Meetings
Coping with Trauma
Establishing Boundaries When You Are “Sheltered-in-Place”
Section Two: Building Resiliency to Thrive in a Time of Crisis
Maintaining Your Sense of Humour
Calming Your Body with Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Developing Problem-Solving Skills
Maintaining Strong Social Connections
Understanding What You Can Control in Your Life
Pausing During a Distressing Situation
Self-Soothing to Tolerate Distress
Creating a Crisis Survival Plan
Using “I” Statements to Communicate Effectively
Regulating Your Emotions
Controlling Your Urges
Welcoming Mindfulness into Your Life
What Has Helped You?
Giving Up Judging People Negatively
Asking for What You Want and Need
Increasing Flow Experiences
Developing the Habit of Gratitude
Recognising and Appreciating Your Resilience
Download this entire program for just $34.95!