Look Ahead! A Stress Reduction Hack for Quarantine Time

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Look Ahead! A Stress Reduction Hack for Quarantine Time

Many of my readers may not know, but even though most of my professional life was spent in prehospital emergency medicine, my doctoral degree is actually in counseling. That’s one of the reasons I’m able to help my coaching clients so much by utilizing the skills I’ve learned from counseling.

Since the isolation and quarantines began in force, much of my work with clients has been focused on finding the right balance between…

  • Working from home
  • Trying to stay sane and healthy
  • Kids doing school at home
  • Out of work or on furlough
  • Trying to create something new
  • Finding toilet paper and hand sanitizer

Here’s a little secret that I’m telling everyone.

Keep a Post-Coronavirus File!

Here’s what that looks like.

  1. Keep a file, box, or envelope of things you want to do or need to do once this is over.
  2. Place physical items in your container. Digital is great, but I’ve found that things you can hold onto make a big difference.
  3. Add to it whenever needed.
  4. Pull it out and look at it once a week. Handle the items and notes in there.
  5. Once this crap is over, make plans for completing each one.

Here’s a look inside my file:

  • A note to visit the Tervis store. I returned some damaged Tervis cups, and the new ones were delivered back to the store just before everything shut down. Our family loves Tervis dishes, and they have an amazing warranty policy.
  • Two DVDs from the library. When my library closed, they said to keep any books for now so they didn’t end up in a return bin just sitting there. No late fees of course. I use my library a lot, and I can’t wait to get back to grab some movies and the new Jack Reacher audio to listen to in my car.
  • A drawing of my next tattoo. I’ll show you this one once it’s done. Don’t want to spoil the surprise.
  • Plans I’d made for celebrating my wife’s birthday in late April, which is all post-poned for now.

So tell me, what’s going in your Post-Coronavirus To Do File?

Dr. Dave


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Homeschooling is Weird

I’ve always been a homeschooler, going on 15 years now. My oldest son (15 yo) will graduate high school this summer, and my youngest son (3 yo) has already started drawing and coloring. Then there’s three other kids sandwiched between those two.

We’ve always been in the minority as homeschoolers. The cops even picked up one of my kids for being out doing his PE during the school day. They thought he’d run away from school. Of course, he did have on a backpack full of bricks for a ruck challenge. He was 7 at the time.

Now we’re in the majority. Just about every kid in the world is being homeschooled. Except it’s not really that. It’s school at home, but not homeschooling.

Here’s why- both the parents and the kids are missing out on all the FUN of homeschooling.

From what I’ve seen from my nephews and others, their school at home is not much more than a series of poorly conducted online meetups, bad Internet connections, faulty devices, and school systems completely unprepared for any type of crisis.

Here’s what homeschooling is under normal conditions:

  • Free days, sometimes for no reason at all
  • Field trips are the norm more than classwork
  • Museums, battlefields, and parks
  • No set schedules unless you want them
  • Individual attention
  • Creating lessons around  your child’s interests, gifts, and passions

I wrote a book awhile back about some of the weird things we’ve done over the years. It’s free on Kindle for the next 5 days. Go grab it. I hope it helps you make schooling at home a little more fun for you and the kids during this whole crisis.

Homeschooling in the Weird

If you want to see some of the crazy stuff we’re doing during the new quarantine life, follow me on Instagram. I update often on there.

Dr. Dave, the guy that wants to make school fun, no matter where school is


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