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How to cope with a complicated winter amid COVID-19

Days are getting shorter, the pandemic continues and the holidays may be more isolating than ever. USC experts offer advice on how to make the best of it.

November 17, 2020

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By Gary Polakovic and David Medzerian / USC News

Months of being in isolation can take a toll on your psyche, especially during the holiday season. (Illustration/iStock)

Months of being in isolation can take a toll on your psyche, especially during the holiday season. (Illustration/iStock)

“Winter is coming, and it will be challenging,” said Ashley Uyeshiro Simon, an associate professor of clinical occupational therapy at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

A good plan includes actions that add joy and purpose to your life, such as worship, family, food, nature, music, shopping and meditation, Simon notes. Build a support structure of friends, families or co-workers to cope with loneliness. And be honest when people ask, “How are you?”

“Students are already lonely, mental health challenges are high, a new wave of COVID-19 and more restrictions are coming, so feelings of loss and loneliness at a time when we’re supposed to be celebrating will be incredibly hard,” she said.

Read the full article at USC News.