5. Work on common goals. Having people with whom you share a collective experience helps, as does having a common goal. No matter what our job was on a base, we relied on everyone doing their job. It was my responsibility to set up and maintain communication systems and networks. I could not do my job if the electricians did not work, nor could I work if purchasing and receiving did not order my equipment. Our goal was the stated mission. In my case, that was a military objective, but we focused on our specific tasks. We always knew we were working towards a common goal and had to do our part. … [Read more...] about Seven Military Strategies for Coping with Social Distancing
Suddenly now, because of the coronavirus, school and all those organized out-of-school activities are closed. Suddenly, much of the immediate pressure of school is gone, even if the schools are requiring some schoolwork at home. Suddenly, kids have time that is their own. How are they dealing with it? Do children who may not have experienced such freedom since they were 4 years old even know what to do with it? What are they doing? And is the result an increase or decrease in their anxiety? Anxiety might increase for some of the same reasons it might be increasing in adults—fear of disease, disruption in normal routines, being cooped up with family members who don’t always get along, uncertainty about the future. But it might decrease because of the reduced pressures and increased opportunities for self-chosen activities, even though the activities are limited because they can’t get together physically with friends. … [Read more...] about Is the Pandemic Causing Children’s Anxiety to Go Up or Down?