As we all continue to face the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we may find ourselves needing more and more help with our psychological well-being. This crisis is not only potentially affecting us physically, but economically, emotionally, socially, and psychologically. Just as we turn to our medical experts to help us preserve our physical well-being during this challenging time, we should seek the advice of our mental health professionals as well. Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’, and world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) has outlined some practical steps to help us effectively respond to the current crisis using ACT principles. If you’re not familiar, in short, ACT is a form of counseling and a branch of clinical behavior analysis (just like ABA). It is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Harris uses the principles of ACT to outline nine key steps to help us during this time using the acronym “FACE COVID”:
F = Focus on what’s in your control
A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings
C = Come back into your body
E = Engage in what you’re doing
C = Committed action
O = Opening up
V = Values
I = Identify resources
D = Disinfect & distance
After grounding yourself in these activities, it’s time to move onto the steps of COVID
Harris, R. (2020, March 20). FACE COVID. How to respond effectively to the coronavirus crisis. ContextualScience.org. https://contextualscience.org/covid19_therapy_resources.
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