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  • Writer's pictureKaren Peabody, LICSW

Overcoming the Situation: Dealing with a Pandemic

Traumatic situations develop from many challenges beyond our control.

Here are some suggestions to help you manage stress and trauma during

the Covid-19 Pandemic and its effects:

Challenge: Unpredictable events

What to do: Make a scheduled day with start and end of the day

Challenge: Loss of control

What to do: Make a plan of what you want to do (i.e. exercise, clean,

write, connect with friends)

Challenge: Social isolation

 What to do: Connect with friends, virtual meetings, social distancing


Challenge: Inability to care for self

What to do: Make sure you eat food from the earth and move your body

Challenge: Desire to dumb feelings

 What to do: Do not use drugs, alcohol or food to disconnect  with feelings

Challenge: Unknown ending time

What to do: Remember all bad times end, the world will return to a

sense of safety and normalcy

SOME THINGS TO DO to feel better:


Enjoy a walk in nature

Listen to music


Call friends and make plans for future calls

Do something you are proud of

Help someone

Cook meals


Karen Peabody, LICSW is a therapist and business consultant for social workers and therapists interested in starting their private practice. She founded Forgewell Solutions in East Bridgewater, MA. Her office is a great place to start a private practice. Visit her FOR THERAPISTS page to learn more.


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