What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us in Our Life?

What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us in Our Life?

Act on physical distancing but don’t isolate. Isolation is horrible for people’s mental health. Find ways of staying connected, through text, calling, or facetime and consider scheduling social events such as a virtual coffee date or happy hour through Zoom or Google Hangouts. Get creative! Google Chrome actually has an extension called Netflix Party that allows you to watch Netflix with your friends remotely.

Maintain a regular routine that mirrors your typical day. Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time, take a shower, get out of your pajamas and change to normal working attire (women do your makeup), have a regular start time plus a dedicated workspace, schedule breaks, etc.

Stay active! Even while physical distancing, you can go for a walk or run. There are also online workout classes which you can do from the safety and comfort of your own home. It is a great time to either begin or deepen a meditation practice! Headspace has a great introduction series. My favorite app is Abide, some other good apps include Mindfulness, Calm and InsightTimer. Also have fun! This is a great time to do things you may not normally have time for, reading, cooking new recipes or perhaps cleaning and reorganizing things at home.


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Ivan Zy LimDr Ivan Zy Lim is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of extensive practice experience in treating mental health issues. He is passionate about helping adults and adolescents with psychological and emotional difficulties. Prior to this profession, Dr Lim had over 20 years of experience in the corporate world. He has extensive experience in multi-cultural consulting, training and team facilitation; and has delivered workshops in 13 countries around Asia pacific. Dr Lim is a strong believer in living a balanced and healthy life. His other passions include Chinese martial art, Qigong, Chinese philosophy, spirituality and Lion & Dragon dance. His passion for Chinese Martial Art comes from the unique philosophy within the system that he believe is transferable into a counselling and life philosophy context. His Chinese Martial Art path was and still is a significant part of his physical, philosophical, emotional, psychological and spiritual being. Dr Lim have integrates Chinese martial art philosophy (Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism ) and Western talk therapy, a fusion of Eastern ideas with Western process. It provides an approach to learning and living well; the practical, the psychological and the spiritual, which he believe more adequately explain Asian behaviour.

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