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Ongoing Life During Prolonged Crisis?

April 2, 2020
Ongoing Life During Prolonged Crisis?

As members of the legal profession, we are used to solving problems and having answers, or at least finding ones with robust support. We are determined advocates and see our cases to the end. Enter COVID-19, a problem we cannot solve presenting questions currently without answers. The resolution of our current statuses may not be on the fast-tracked docket but will cycle to an end. So, we are living in today, and our full-time jobs are to make the most of each one.

During this period of uncertainty, it is a normal human response feel unsettled surrounding all the unanswered questions. The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP) continues to be available to assist members of the Commonwealth’s legal profession, literally in every virtual way. If you are struggling, you do not have to do it alone. The VJLAP team remains here to help.

Many of advice articles address some aspect of managing life through this pandemic. and provide guidance on how to make the most of today. Our emotional states, whether dominated by anxiety, fear, frustration, or one of a million others feelings, may be ever changing and may lead to apathy or complacency.

The common threads floating across advice columns are for us to acknowledge and respect our feelings and, when appropriate, to take action (not necessarily solve the world’s problems but to make the most out of our circumstances, maybe even experience joy in the little things). A recent article broke provided nine things we could do. They are:

  1. Stick to Routines and Reinforce Habits
  2. Don’t Neglect the Basics
  3. Seek Out Social Connections
  4. Consider Technology Your Friend
  5. Help Others
  6. Drink More Water
  7. Get Outside
  8. Use Downtime to Accomplish a Neglected Household To-do List
  9. Resurrect Old Hobbies and Explore New Ones

The full article is available here.

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