I bet you’re having a tough time with this socially distanced communication. You’re not alone. I’m hearing that many of you feel lonely. This is completely understandable. We’ve had to socially distance ourselves for months. With the distance apart, we are missing touch and connection which is a huge component of a positive lasting relationship.
While we wait for a sense of normalcy, I’d like to help. Here are some ways to feel connected to others and follow the guidelines for social distancing.
It’s no secret that we often believe negative comments that we tell ourselves. We are our own worst critic. While our friends and loved ones might tell us differently, we frequently don’t believe the good that they tell us. Sound familiar?
You’re not alone. It’s called mental filtering and it’s a very common type of cognitive distortion. Simply put, it’s when we tend to focus on the bad things and ignore the good. Think of using a colander in the kitchen. We clean off our food and let the “bad” rinse out. Only our brain is doing the opposite by letting the “bad” stick and all the good runs out the bottom. Sounds exhausting, right?
I frequently hear parents’ misconceptions about the Special Education system. It’s a fallacy to think that every student may receive services under the same qualifications. Students may receive services for a number of reasons including: Autism spectrum, Speech, Learning Disability, Emotional Disturbance (ED), Intellectual Disability (ID), and Other Health Impairment (OHI). Students can qualify with at least one of the aforementioned categories. A student may have more than one area in which the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team is focusing on.
About The Author: Megan Bowling, M.A., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She has been in the mental health field for more than ten years. Megan's specialties include: anxiety, trauma, life changes, mood, relationships, and school challenges.