I know that I said I was going to blog every day of social distancing and I intended to but about a week into I just got really fucking sad. I try to be careful about using the word “depressed” too willy nilly but it felt a lot like my chronic depression making a comeback and I panicked and dove deep into some serious self-care. And then it occurred to me that most of you are probably struggling, too. I remembered how alone and isolated I felt for a time in Italy after my friends moved away and it really affected my mental health and I don’t want anyone else to ever feel that way. So I set out to learn what we could all do to protect ourselves and cope during such a sad and weird time and somehow that turned into a podcast where I interview mental-health professionals about self-care during COVID-19.
You’re Gonna Be Great!
The world seems like it’s going to hell in a handbasket and the Coronavirus has us all trapped at home. So naturally, taking care of yourself just got a lot more important.
You’re Gonna be Great brings you expert advice and tips from mental health and wellness — from Coping With Coronavirus: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now With Katie Lieberman LCSW to Making Your Kids Feel Safe With Maggie Sandack, to Pro Tips That Will Save Your Relationship During a Pandemic with Kellie Clement. Host, M.E.Evans, chats with professionals, intellectuals, authors, and entrepreneurs to bring you the very best information out there.
Self-care is crucial to our health and wellbeing and even society at large. You’re Gonna be Great brings you a pandemic mental health survival kit right to the comfort of your living room, since, well, that’s the only place you can go right now anyway.
Yes, I know, I also see the irony of a crazy person with zero filter interviewing mental-health experts so I’ll pause while you laugh and refill your wine. Or bathtub gin. At this point during the pandemic, I have no idea how many of us still have access to our preferred alcoholic beverage.
As I was saying, so I am making this podcast mini-series and I’m interviewing mental-health experts on how we can stay sane and take care of ourselves and each other during all of this. It’s new territory and I’ll admit it feels a little awkward and uncomfortable to be doing something so out of my comfort zone. Not because it’s a podcast, I’ve done that before, but because of the content. I have to be myself but I also don’t want to say something that could make guests on the show regret their decision to, ya know, be on the show. Tap dancing around that line has never been easy for me because I’m not a small-talk kind of person and I’m also not as private as a lot of people which just makes me an unfiltered conversational hazard sometimes. For example, a man who aerates our yard every year (who is a total babe and from England and yall know how I feel about British accents), asked me (standing ten feet away) why my dad moved to the United States and I, without thinking, said: “to spread his seed I imagine.” Then after I was like, “OMG WHY?” So admittedly, I have no idea what I’m doing with this podcast but I think the information is really great and even though I’m so new to this I’m happy with how it turned out (for the most part, I will never not cringe when I hear myself talk) and I hope it helps some of you to feel better, healthier, and less alone out there.
The first episode is available now on SoundCloud. I’m still waiting on approval from Spotify and iTunes.
Coping With Coronavirus: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now With Katie Lieberman
The Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Luckily, there are things we can do to stay sane and cope. Also: social distancing might give us a unique opportunity to reconnect. And: how to be there for each other despite the distance.
Please listen, share with anyone who might need it, and review if you get a chance. I hope you’re all doing okay out there, don’t worry, you’re gonna be great.
Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond by Lydia Denworth
More coming soon (I’m so tired right now lol)
About Katie | Katie Lieberman, LCSW
Katie Lieberman, LCSW, has over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. While a native of Utah, Katie completed her graduate work at the University of Denver in 2002. She has worked in numerous outpatient and private settings in Colorado, Seattle and Pittsburgh gaining experience in complex issues such as substance abuse treatment, high-risk youth and grief/loss. She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR to treat anxiety, depression, attachment issues and trauma. Katie completed additional post-graduate training at the Family Therapy Training Center in Denver, Colorado, where she also gained a unique specialty working with couples and families. Additionally, Katie has facilitated a variety of therapy groups and regularly teaches parenting classes throughout the community. Her diverse clinical background has helped Katie develop the necessary skills to assist clients. You can contact Katie here.