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Livestrong Quotes Dr. Williams: 10 Ways You Can Prepare Mentally and Physically for a Pandemic Winter


With COVID-19 cases rising and winter on the horizon, we're all likely going to be spending the next several months in a state of life similar to the onset of this pandemic. But the only thing worse than going through lockdown the first time is going through it again — with the knowledge of how devastating each day can feel, especially for those living alone.

"The COVID-19 crisis has heightened attention to the fragility of life, increased awareness of uncertainty, fostered confusion and awakened a sense of helplessness that permeates all aspects of life as we know it," says Mayra Mendez, PhD, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist and program coordinator for intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health services at Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, California. "The social isolation, or distancing behaviors, that accompany this situation only add to the crisis phenomenon that deeply challenges human need for social connections."

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