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  #2482860 13-May-2020 16:14
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Dude, seriously the wrong thread to discuss race and domestic abuse. If you want to create a thread elsewhere, which I would definitely not recommend, no one is stopping you.



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  #2483746 14-May-2020 13:15
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California Surgeon General on kids' mental health struggles during coronavirus shutdowns

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California Surgeon General, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, discusses how parents can recognize signs their children are struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus shutdowns -- and the impact of stress and anxiety on children's physical health.


 
 
 
 




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  #2483754 14-May-2020 13:24
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How to Protect Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP
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From confusion and loneliness to worry and frustration, people are dealing with large and intense emotions while trying to navigate a new sense of normal. Psychologist Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic is starting to mentally wear on us and why it’s so important to protect our mental health.



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  #2483765 14-May-2020 13:41
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Working very long hours under high pressure has been a good distraction, but it takes it's toll. I do have a few outlets for stress relief, but I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to getting back to squash. Sadly, despite supposedly having more time than usual in a day, I haven't managed to do much if any physio. There just never seems to be enough time.

 

 


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  #2485245 17-May-2020 16:18
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I found the first couple of weeks a bit difficult. Then I realised that being bombarded daily by the numbers of deaths etc was both pointless information and bad for me, so I stopped bothering to watch any of the updates etc.

Once we settled into the routine and shut out the negativity from the pointless daily reports, we just chilled and it was like being on holiday to some extent.





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  #2486662 19-May-2020 21:15
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Geektastic: I found the first couple of weeks a bit difficult. Then I realised that being bombarded daily by the numbers of deaths etc was both pointless information and bad for me, so I stopped bothering to watch any of the updates etc.

 

Once we settled into the routine and shut out the negativity from the pointless daily reports, we just chilled and it was like being on holiday to some extent.

 

Yeah I don't look too much at the COVID or Trump threads anymore, they just go round and round with the same stuff now.

 

Fortunately (or otherwise) I am super busy with work and the kids so don't really have too much time to dwell on things.


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  #2486664 19-May-2020 21:17
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networkn:

 

Working very long hours under high pressure has been a good distraction, but it takes it's toll. I do have a few outlets for stress relief, but I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to getting back to squash. Sadly, despite supposedly having more time than usual in a day, I haven't managed to do much if any physio. There just never seems to be enough time.

 

 

With both of us working from home we've found we are able to manage exercise better. We block out 5pm-6pm for exercise and then frequently go back to work afterwards.

 

It's made a hell of difference to our mental health to have half an hour to an hour of non work / non kids time


 
 
 
 


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  #2486672 19-May-2020 21:30
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Working very long hours under high pressure has been a good distraction, but it takes it's toll. I do have a few outlets for stress relief, but I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to getting back to squash. Sadly, despite supposedly having more time than usual in a day, I haven't managed to do much if any physio. There just never seems to be enough time.

 

 

With both of us working from home we've found we are able to manage exercise better. We block out 5pm-6pm for exercise and then frequently go back to work afterwards.

 

It's made a hell of difference to our mental health to have half an hour to an hour of non work / non kids time

 

 

I find almost all excercise bores me to death. Squash and or other racquet sports hold the most interest for me (Strangely I quite like rowing machines, but don't have one). With a knee injury I have been fighting 18 months, it's really made things pretty difficult, and it's hard to get motivated to cycle inside which is supposedly good rehab for it. Swimming I don't mind, but I am not that great at it, and the issue is it's not a "quick" hobby either. Being outside in Winter isn't great as I have Asthma and it only causes issues in cold and foggy weather. Thankfully, despite the water issues, weather is still pretty amazing).

 

This week Squash courts opened so my Son and I went down at the first chance and spent an hour. Light drills and just being able to have some fun really helped. We have been biking 1-2 times a week for an hour with the kids, but mostly it's acting as a constant watcher and cheer leading team, so not as much excercise as getting out and in some sunlight. I started taking some vitaman D lately, will be interesting to see what happens there.

 

Life is getting back to normal but our whole household seems to be struggling to adjust back. Kids are keen to go to school, but it's like they never went before. They forget basic things and I get frustrated because I am trying to get to work earlier. Seems to be affecting lots of people from the conversations I've had with customers too.


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  #2486696 19-May-2020 21:54
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I find almost all excercise bores me to death. Squash and or other racquet sports hold the most interest for me (Strangely I quite like rowing machines, but don't have one). With a knee injury I have been fighting 18 months, it's really made things pretty difficult, and it's hard to get motivated to cycle inside which is supposedly good rehab for it. Swimming I don't mind, but I am not that great at it, and the issue is it's not a "quick" hobby either. Being outside in Winter isn't great as I have Asthma and it only causes issues in cold and foggy weather. Thankfully, despite the water issues, weather is still pretty amazing).

 

This week Squash courts opened so my Son and I went down at the first chance and spent an hour. Light drills and just being able to have some fun really helped. We have been biking 1-2 times a week for an hour with the kids, but mostly it's acting as a constant watcher and cheer leading team, so not as much excercise as getting out and in some sunlight. I started taking some vitaman D lately, will be interesting to see what happens there.

 

Life is getting back to normal but our whole household seems to be struggling to adjust back. Kids are keen to go to school, but it's like they never went before. They forget basic things and I get frustrated because I am trying to get to work earlier. Seems to be affecting lots of people from the conversations I've had with customers too.

 

 

I have a wind trainer which I almost never use, except as a bike stand. I don't enjoy that sort of riding at all.

 

I recently heard of Zwift https://zwift.com/uk You also need a smart trainer like this https://support.zwift.com/en_us/tacx-trainer-SyxYB4bxB . Something like this might increase my interest.





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  #2486718 19-May-2020 22:41
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I have enjoyed being on the bike with my kids, it's just not much of a workout, even though I do get a bit of a sweat up. My FIL is an AVID biker (no kidding, he did 12K on his bike last year, and that was after a big break from surgery). I think I did around 9K in my car.  
He has a selection of very nice bikes, and he decided to "upgrade" his nearly new one, so I am looking forward to getting a new bike to replace my 18 year old Avanti. I took that bike on the Otago Rail Trail (I have a hate hate relationship with that bike seat), and really liked it, but I dunno, I struggle to find motivation to just ride for the sake of it, especially long distances. I found the closest I could get was when I was working hard to get back to squash, and biking was supposed to help (it didn't really I didn't think), but I was doing it for squash and it was a necessary evil. I don't recall ever enjoying it.

 

 

 

I have been enjoying quite a bit of cooking. I get a lot of enjoyment from trying new things.


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  #2486722 19-May-2020 22:53
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networkn:

 

I have enjoyed being on the bike with my kids, it's just not much of a workout, even though I do get a bit of a sweat up. My FIL is an AVID biker (no kidding, he did 12K on his bike last year, and that was after a big break from surgery). I think I did around 9K in my car.  
He has a selection of very nice bikes, and he decided to "upgrade" his nearly new one, so I am looking forward to getting a new bike to replace my 18 year old Avanti. I took that bike on the Otago Rail Trail (I have a hate hate relationship with that bike seat), and really liked it, but I dunno, I struggle to find motivation to just ride for the sake of it, especially long distances. I found the closest I could get was when I was working hard to get back to squash, and biking was supposed to help (it didn't really I didn't think), but I was doing it for squash and it was a necessary evil. I don't recall ever enjoying it.

 

 

 

I have been enjoying quite a bit of cooking. I get a lot of enjoyment from trying new things.

 

 

Change the seat. It will make a huge difference with the right seat. But for getting used to the seat there is no substitute for Time In The Saddle or TITS as my wife calls it.

 

We did the Otago Rail Trail about 8 years ago, Middlemarch to Clyde over three days. Fantastic ride.





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  #2493661 28-May-2020 13:50
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Don't know about anyone else, but I'm really struggling at the moment. 

 

I know I should be happy that I am employed, have a home, healthy wife/kids etc, but to be honest, I am really over everything right now. 

 

Not loving WFH, but the thought of going back to the office doesn't fill me with joy either (not that we can go back to the office yet). 

 

I feel like everyone else I know has got some "normality" back in their life, but I am just exactly as I was 8 weeks ago, if not slightly worse, because there's now nobody at home for 5-6 hours for the day while they all go off to school/work. 

 

Motivation is at an all-time low and I feel like work is just getting on top of me, despite the fact that I don't think I am actually as busy as I think I am...if that makes sense. 

 

I'm not in a dangerous mental state, as such (not really built like that), but feeling...meh. More (or less) than Meh, actually.

 

 Maybe I just need to take some time off. 

 

Not really looking for anything other than a place to vent. Just appreciate GZ being there as a place I can escape to every now and again. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  #2493667 28-May-2020 13:59
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Handsomedan:

 

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm really struggling at the moment. 

 

I know I should be happy that I am employed, have a home, healthy wife/kids etc, but to be honest, I am really over everything right now. 

 

Not loving WFH, but the thought of going back to the office doesn't fill me with joy either (not that we can go back to the office yet). 

 

I feel like everyone else I know has got some "normality" back in their life, but I am just exactly as I was 8 weeks ago, if not slightly worse, because there's now nobody at home for 5-6 hours for the day while they all go off to school/work. 

 

Motivation is at an all-time low and I feel like work is just getting on top of me, despite the fact that I don't think I am actually as busy as I think I am...if that makes sense. 

 

I'm not in a dangerous mental state, as such (not really built like that), but feeling...meh. More (or less) than Meh, actually.

 

 Maybe I just need to take some time off. 

 

Not really looking for anything other than a place to vent. Just appreciate GZ being there as a place I can escape to every now and again. 

 

 

Geekzone is good for venting, but it might not be a bad idea to also get some perspectives from the various professional services that are available. It can't hurt, it might help, and you don't have to be desperate to get value from them. If you feel like you are struggling, that is reason enough to talk to someone. You may be okay right now, but things can change. I wouldn't put it off.

 

Good luck and good on you for saying something. That takes guts.

 

 

 

 





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  #2493696 28-May-2020 14:35
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@Handsomedan I don't profess to know the answers but from my experience with Covid-19, my disabilities and life changing events was to recognise the negatives but not focus on them and mitigate the negatives that you cannot remove. I looked for positives, any positives and used them to keep going and to keep happy. Another help for me was to have plans and have goals, little goals and big goals. Have a mix of easily achievable and harder to get there goals. I also found new things to focus on like small projects and big projects. At the beginning of lock down I resolved that we would get a caravan of camper van this year and this week we purchased a caravan which will be life changing and a positive life change after so many negatives. One of things that helped me through the last two decades of disability was not to allow that define in the same way as I never let my work define who I was.

 

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  #2493698 28-May-2020 14:40
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@Rikkitic & @MikeB4 thanks chaps. 

 

 

 

That's why I like GZ...generally nice people helping each other in so many different ways. 

 

 





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