Our director Aaron Gilbert got interviewed by Boston MAGAZINE editor Tessa Yannone last week. Aaron said that the time is a great opportunity to get to know yourself better. “We’re not very good at the idea of being alone,” he says. “It makes people nervous.”
Aaron says to view this time as an opportunity to rely on your own strength and the fact that we don’t always need to be entertained or externally validated.
That’s easier said than done, though, and he’s quick to point out that those who are already predisposed to anxiety and depression may find those symptoms exacerbated during this time. But even if you don’t normally suffer bouts of either, collectively, it’s safe to say the city’s nerves are on overdrive.
Gilbert and his colleague Karen Schwartz Clover offer tips to taking care of your mental health amidst the coronavirus crisis:
You can also direct your anxiety towards taking action, by donating to the Greater Boston Food Bank in order to provide meals to underprivileged families and children.
And at the end of the day, realize that this too shall pass. Maybe this is the universe telling us all to slow down and pay attention to our fellow human beings, maybe it’s just ill fate.