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Inspirational Doctor and Author Has Six Tips For Productive Quarantine

Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, ABPdN is a licensed and triple board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist based in Los Angeles, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, podcast host, and published author. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also a regular on the set of The Doctors. Inspirational both in her achievements, and her extensive resumé, she’s here with six amazing tips to help you adjust to the new normal!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of us grappling with fear, stress, anxiety, grief, and feelings of being overwhelmed. With the new directives to practice social distancing (maintaining > 6 feet of physical distance from other people, or avoiding direct contact with people or objects—no hugs or handshakes—in public places during the current coronavirus outbreak to minimize exposure and reduce the transition of infection), we are urged to work from home, avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and do so to protect ourselves and the larger community.

These directives, while imperative and clearly necessary, have direct tolls on our mental and physical health in addition to our growing fears of the unknown and the fact that news updates seem to present an everchanging picture each day. With no specific end in sight, the unknowns of how long this new normal will last and what it will look like as the situation unfolds is bound to cause heightened anxiety. Unknowns are very stressful for the human mind. We want to feel in control of our lives, as the more we feel is in our control, the more our chances for survival increases. The social distancing directives isolate from others, and we know that loneliness and perceived dissatisfaction with social interactions can wreak havoc on our well-being. Being in one place most or all of the time will also lead us to experience symptoms of cabin fever, lethargy, sadness, problems concentrating, irritability, feelings of being stuck, claustrophobia, and difficulty dealing with minor stressors.

To help us cope, here are some evidence-based tips on how we can make the most of these times, attend to our mental and physical wellness, and stay productive and motivated.

1. Take deep breaths and combat defeatist thinking

In these unprecedented times, it is easy to lose hope or feel absolutely inefficacious about how you can improve the circumstances. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the challenges, take deep breaths. This resets your brain and body and tells it to chill out and veer away from a state of emergency or fight or flight. Then, manage any negative, catastrophic thinking. Thoughts are just mental events and not necessarily reflective of the truth, even when it feels that way! Try this evidence-based technique from the ACT literature called defusion. Whatever negative or catastrophic thought you are having, put the clause, “I am having the thought that …” in front of it. This takes the wind out of the sails of that negative thought just enough for you to feel more proactive and in charge of your life. So “I won’t be able to survive this” becomes “I am having the thought that I won’t be able to survive this.” This simple exercise of distancing from harmful thoughts without trying to change them is extremely helpful in helping to curb subsequent negative emotional or behavioral reactions.

 

2. Accept negative feelings and thoughts, and let them be

You are bound to have negative emotions right now, and one of them may be grief. Grief can be conjured not only be fears of death and dying (and this pandemic certainly has aroused that existential fear in many of us), but it can be about saying goodbye to a former type of lifestyle, the end of a job or career, the fracturing of relationships; all of which are possible outcomes many are dealing with during this uncertain time. Rather than grief processing occurring in stages, I actually think it’s a circle of grief. People don’t move linearly. When we grieve, we bounce back and forth between depression, denial, anger, acceptance, and bargaining. One day you might feel accepting of the situation, the next day when a news story hits, you are back to experiencing anger. And that emotional swing can be tough to manage, so we have to be kind to ourselves and allow these feelings to happen. Know that they are normal and that they won’t last forever. The more you struggle with feelings the longer they linger, but if you accept them as normal and fact, they tend to dissipate easier.

3. Find creative ways to socially engage

We are social animals and we need meaningful social engagement. We can do this by making sure we touch base with loved ones in real life by calls or video chat. This can be additionally bolstered by having a shared experience. For example, eat lunch or dinner with a loved one over video chat. Watch a movie together while on video chat and share commentary and opinions about the film during or after. Make sure you do this a few times a week.

4. Open the shades (and get outside)

Whenever possible, try to get outside, even for a few minutes a day, to take in the fresh air and the outdoors. Research shows this is especially effective in the morning hours to align with human beings’ circadian rhythm which can also help promote better quality sleep. If you are unable to get outside, open the shades. This can help ward off claustrophobia and boost your mood.

 

5. Avoid binge-watching anything (or binge video game-playing)

It would be so easy to pass the time with hours of Netflix or Call of Duty. But doing this can actually lead to feelings of depression and hopelessness, according to research. Limit yourself to two hours per day for video and media consumption. This would include leisure shows, the news, and social media.

6. Keep a routine

Routines are comforting to the human mind. Make sure you devise a daily routine that mimics what you did prior to social distancing directives. This means getting up at the same hour every day (set an alarm clock if you need to), showering and getting dressed as if you were going to work outside the home (and direct your children to do the same), and having “work hours” when you focus on industrious activities and “home hours” where you focus on family togetherness and relaxation.

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Enter To Win $300 Gift Card With Dr. Judy Ho And SuperCharge Your Life

You might have read Dr. Judy Ho’s highly rated book Stop Self-SabotageWell, the Doctor will see you now – on your nearest podcast-playing device, that is. Plus, we’ve got a $300 Amazon gift card for a lucky listener and fan, too.

 

 

Ready to grab life with both hands and live it to the fullest? ​Then you need to check out the action-packed podcast full of tips to improve your life. Join Dr. Judy on her ‘SuperCharged Life’, produced by Stage29 Podcasts, where she dives deeply and fearlessly into guest’s issues in love, sex, friendships, work, career, bad habits, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety.

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ABOUT DR. JUDY AND SUPERCHARGED LIFE

Dr Judy Ho is a Los Angeles based triple board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, researcher, author, and tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University. Her thought provoking insight and analysis of the human psychological condition has established her as a go-to television host. She is a co-host of the Emmy Award winning syndicated daytime talk show The Doctors, and a recurring panelist and expert on numerous national broadcasts. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Stop Self-Sabotage,” a useful tool for anyone standing in their own way, who undermines their own interests and intentions and is looking for lasting change and meaningful success.

“SuperCharged Life with Dr. Judy” is where she will dive deeply and fearlessly into guests’ issues in love, sex, friendships, work-career, bad habits, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. Sometimes it’s painful to uncover what’s really holding them back, but with Dr. Judy’s help they can discover a new way to take on life, inspire love and create happiness and fulfillment. Whether she’s helping to navigate life with her patients, swinging from a flying trapeze, singing her favorite Broadway songs or taking on a new adventure; Dr. Judy walks her talk and invites others along for the journey. Each podcast will give a tangible tool they can do that will “SuperCharge” their lives!

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Oprah Announces Latest Pick for Book Club Re-debut

Oprah’s Book Club is back and better than ever! Oprah Winfrey took to CBS’ This Morning on Monday to announce that she’s chosen Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer for the comeback of her book club.

 

 

Coates won the National Book Award in 2015 for his moving, autobiographical reflection on race in America, Between the World and Me. The Water Dancer is Coates’ first novel, but it has already generated a lot of buzz from critics. Oprah even called it one of the best books she’s ever read!

 

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Oprah’s Book Club first launched as a segment on Winfrey’s talk show in 1996, and it’s had a proven effect on book culture. The Winfrey stamp of approval has a history of massively boosting book sales. The segment came to an end in 2011 but was relaunched on Winfrey’s OWN TV network. Now, Winfrey is re-launching her book club through the Apple Books app in partnership with Apple TV. An interview between Winfrey and Coates discussing the author’s first novel is set to release on Apple TV on Nov. 1.

 

 

In a video announcement, Winfrey said, “Together with Apple we’re building a new book club for today’s world, for a more connected world, for the entire world.”

 

 

Coates described the pick by Winfrey as “a huge, huge honor for me,” adding that he’s humbled to be included among the other excellent authors Winfrey has picked for her book club.

 

 

 

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Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Series about Emily Dickinson

On Monday, Apple released the first trailer for its original series about the life of famous poet Emily Dickinson. The coming-of-age story set in 19th-century America starring Hailee Steinfeld “will explore the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of the young poet.”

“I have one purpose,” Steinfeld says in the new trailer, “and that is to become a great writer.”

 

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Apple’s series reimagines Dickinson as a rebellious, party-girl type with aspirations of literary fame and fortune. The trailer takes a light-hearted tone that’s much different from the kind of atmosphere much of Dickinson’s poems create. Seeing her dance and strut across the screen, one struggles to imagine Steinfeld’s character penning the lines “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – “ in the same way Dickinson did. It seems the creator of Dickinson might be taking a lot of creative liberties in portraying a poet known for her tendency to isolate herself from the world.

 

 

Still, this fresh take on one of America’s greatest poets is exciting! Jane Krakowski, famous for her comedic performance as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock, joins the cast alongside Steinfeld in this modernized take on Dickinson’s life.

 

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Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe round out the cast. With such a solid lineup, Dickinson has the potential to be really great!

The show was created, produced, and written by Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom), so Dickinson fans will have to see just what she has in store! Filming concluded in March, and the new series will likely debut later this year on Apple’s new video subscription service.

 

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Apple Hiring Writers and Editors To Improve Siri

Ultron was a dick. Hal 9000 was a liability. Wintermute + Neuromancer= bad. The eternal struggle of man vs. machine has inspired a plethora of literature regarding the topic. If there is one thing we have learned from the cautionary tales of science fiction—it’s that artificial intelligence is probably not a good thing. Worst case scenario, human beings create self-aware machines that ultimately rebel and replace us as the dominant species.

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The sometimes swift and other times comfortingly slow (if the predictions that exist in popular fiction are any indication) advancement of artificial intelligence has startled some of the greatest minds in history. People who rely on technology. Stephen Hawking wasn’t pleased, Bill Gates has expressed fear and Elon Musk once urged people at the highest levels of government to slow the f down. Still, no group of people has been able to better articulate the growing concern of artificial intelligence than writers. Stan Lee, Samuel Butler, William Gibson, Frank Herbert, H.G Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Orson Scott Card, Ann Leckie, Martha Wells, and Mary Shelly; all of these writers and MANY more played with themes of technology and the danger of playing God.

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Ironically, things have now come full circle. Writers are needed to aid with the development of Siri—the “chick” is a dial tone (I’m going to put every pronoun in quotes because she’s technically not a she). Apparently, the female-voiced ominous agent of societal collapse lacks relatability. In an article published on Thinknum Media‘s website, it was reported that Apple is looking to hire teams of writers and editors to help improve the way their virtual assistant, Siri, communicates. The goal is to make Apple’s low-key mischievious “madame” more engaging. Siri’s popularity is in peril as she lacks the amount of sports knowledge, anecdotes and incidental information necessary to succeed as an A.I. I guess people are just doing things themselves due to a lack of interest in Siri’s narrative? God/secular tyrants built by us forbid. The adjectives “witty” and “funny” were used to describe the way in which they would like “her” to be improved.

Thinknum Media has tracked hiring data over the past few months and found job posts that revolve around making the digital assistant more entertaining. Various job listings aim to recruit engineers with a deep knowledge of and appreciate for particular subjects; however, the top postings are of the literary variety—-a Siri Editorial Manager and an International Creative Writer, as seen above.

Siri, along with her cohorts Alexa and Google, have helped us play our favorite songs, schedule various appointments, and order food (for which we are forever grateful)…It’s worth mentioning that I am more of a Droid fan and have no idea what Siri is capable of…Should the literary community lend “her” a pinch of the quirkiness that is invaluable and unique to human beings? Maybe we owe it to “her.” I for one think that this particular form of magic should not be lent to a potential threat. The kind of magic that is often a beautiful result of chance or sometimes something that took hours of hair pulling, chain-smoking, and rewriting to lend to a fictional character conceived in our mind.

So I implore writers and editors reading this to harbor their wit. Don’t apply to those available positions. Save it for your friends, family members, and star-struck groupies who follow you on your book tour when you inevitability publish the next great cautionary tale of scientific corruption. Save it for the page.

…but if you are unemployed and REALLY need some income…I guess go for it. I mean I did apply; although this article probably offsets any good my brown-nosing cover letter did.

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