Staying Present in the Moment during Quarantine: Tip of the Day
Ashley Regina, Clinical Coordinator of Adolescent Services at High Focus Centers in Cherry Hill, NJ, shares some helpful tips for increasing mindfulness. While in quarantine, you may find yourself multi-tasking chores, television, work or social media. Learn ways to set small goals that will help you to focus on one thing at a time.
Creating a Self-Soothing Kit: Tip of the Day
Michael Fenimore, LPC, an adult psychiatric clinician at High Focus Centers in Freehold, New Jersey, discusses self-soothing as a coping skill during times of stress. Learn how to create a “self-soothing kit” for yourself that engages all five senses and can be a calming resource when you experience feelings of distress or vulnerable moments in your life.
Insights on Heuristics: How They Influence our Behavior during COVID-19
Dr. Kai-ping Wang, Chief Medical Officer of High Focus Centers, examines our diverse responses to the Covid-19 pandemic from a mental health perspective. These responses range from “panic” such as panic buying or hoarding to “party” such as complacency or ignoring social distancing guidelines. In uncertain times such as these, it’s important that we react and make decisions as rationally as possible. Having insight and self-awareness into why we react as we do can help us recognize our blind spots. Heuristics, or “shortcuts,” are used by our brain in order to be able to respond quickly to things in our [...]
Focus On: Quarantine and Regression in Children
Dr. Navjot Khinda, Psychiatric Director of High Focus Centers in Paramus, New Jersey, discusses the effects that quarantine can have on children’s behavior. A child – of any age – may be experiencing regression if you notice sudden changes in their behavior. Temper tantrums, defiance, or avoiding responsibility are all signs that a child could be struggling with stress or anxiety. Children are very sensitive to changes in their environment. Especially now, as we are practicing social distancing and quarantine, children’s schedules have been significantly disrupted. This can lead to increased feelings of helplessness and anxiety. Learn how to reduce [...]
Creating Daily Structure during Quarantine: Tip of the Day
Dr. Navjot Khinda, Psychiatric Director of High Focus Centers in Paramus, New Jersey, discusses the importance of maintaining daily structure for yourself and your family during this time of quarantine and social-distancing. Healthy habits related to sleep, diet, and physical activity all have a positive effect on self-confidence and mental health.