Article by: Luke Moore
This week looks so much different than any other week of my life, and I know I’m not the only one. The local coffee shop where I usually office, closed. Restaurants I frequent for lunch, closed. Recovery support groups, closed. Gyms, closed. Sporting activities, cancelled.
If you are anything like me, you have spent the last few months and years building a life around establishments similar to those listed above. I am a social creature and thrive around other beings. Now, I’m being told to practice social distancing. As a person in recovery who uses a tool like fellowship to stay sober, how in the world am I supposed to avoid isolation? In this temporary new world we are currently living in, we have more free time than ever and less activities to fill that time with.
Today’s technology makes social distancing more manageable than ever. Luckily, I have a smartphone that is always by my side where I can access news, social media and even video chat. I still plan to attend my weekly therapy session via video chat and will be part of a 12-step meeting on Zoom tomorrow night. A friend even sent me an invite to play games on Jackbox tv. There are plenty of activities to keep myself entertained while staying safe.
With all of these drastic life changes comes a certain level of stress and anxiety. What is the world coming to? What is actually going on? What does the future look like? These are all questions that run through my mind during the day and night. And I don’t know the answer to any of them! But I can talk a little bit about managing that stress and anxiety.
At SHAW Center for Healing, we offer our free psychoeducational video series on YouTube, weekly blog posts on many topics, and free 12-step virtual meetings. Additionally, meet with your expert therapist on your laptop or smartphone.
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