Fascinating (free) podcast featuring Dr. Bruce Perry on the “TraumaTherapist|2.0 from Guy Macpherson PhD ! Although the target of the podcast is therapists, the advice is invaluable for us all.
Dr. Perry’s “$64,000” guiding question and his responses:
“How to bring structure and predictability [routine] to this stressing time?”
— Call it “physical distancing”, not “social distancing”. We need to stay emotionally close. It will require intentionality. We help regulate each other, we regulate with each other.
Encourage each other.
— When interacting during stress, realize that you may need to [calmly] say the same thing again and again and again. Cognitive capabilities will fluctuate.
— Change the PATTERN of stress-activation or “doses” for children [and for yourself and your community] to a predictable and controllable pattern. Control the “dosing”.
— Do not get yoked to television of the same news topic. Turn off the media-controlled news-cycle [take back some control]. It’s like “turning down the heat burner” on the stress response system. It’s especially important two-three hours before bedtime.
Limit stressful exposures to maybe once [dose] in the morning and maybe once in the evening, under your own control. Insert positive regulation doses regularly; more than once throughout the day.
“…[we] find comfort in predictability” (Dr Macpherson)