On April 7, 2020, WZZM’s Alana Holland interviewed Charmeka Newton, PhD, Pine Rest Kalamazoo Clinic about how some people need to find new ways to cope with their stress and negative emotions.
“Mental health professionals teach people to have a tool kit, as a way to stabilize themselves. That could be a walk, a hobby, or ritual. But with so many things off limits right now, it can be more difficult for some than others. When you rip away that tool or it’s taken away,” said Newton, “it can be very difficult for that person to cope because they know this is what helps them deal with life.”
“The goal is to find something new that works within important CDC guidelines and follows social distancing.”
Dr. Newton suggests video chatting with a friend for a movie night, going for a run, opening blinds to let light inside, or video calling with a relative to cook the same recipe.