If you are experiencing Pandemic Stress, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help! This is a stressful time for most of us; the mental health aftermath of a pandemic is sometimes called a “second pandemic” because of the rise of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. And in addition to fear of the coronavirus itself, we are currently facing other major, global stressors like climate change, forest fires, systemic racism, economic uncertainty, and political divisiveness. No wonder so many of us are exhausted!In this podcast episode, co-hosts Diana Hill and Debbie Sorensen discuss Pandemic Stress and give examples of how they use ACT practices themselves, as they experience emotional ups and downs. Whether you are anxious, depressed, lonely, or irritable, Diana and Debbie have some strategies from ACT that might help you be more flexible and accepting in the face of the pandemic. As Diana says in the episode, “it’s almost like ACT was made for Pandemic Stress!”Listen and Learn AboutPandemic Stress and the “second pandemic” of mental health concerns.Diana and Debbie’s own experiences with Pandemic Stress.The difference between threat, fear, and anxiety.How Psychological Flexibility and ACT offer the key to navigating pandemic stress.Why practicing acceptance is more helpful than experiential avoidance.Shifting your perspective when “doom and gloom” thoughts arise.Letting go of unrealistic personal expectations, and finding a healthy routine that supports your wellbeing.Loneliness, moral distress, and loss during COVID.How we can reconnect to our values, do the next right thing, and have a sense of common humanity.Building social connection and effectively working from home.ResourcesDiana’s 6 ACT Strategies for Transforming Anxiety & Increasing Psychological FlexibilityDebbie’s Pandemic Stress Blog PostsIf you need a good cry, here’s a link to the song The Next Right Thing from Frozen 2Diana’s friend Gwendolyn’s beautiful song and you can sign up for Gwendolyn’s community singing newsletterPandemic Stress Articles“How I used ACT to cope with COVID”Article on Pandemic-Related DistressUncertainty and Psychological FlexibilityFamily systems and Psychological Flexibility The Moderating Roles of Psychological Flexibility and Inflexibility on the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdown in ItalyResponding to Moral Dilemmas in the age of COVIDOlder Adults and Social Connection while Social DistancingRelated Psychologists Off The Clock Episodes4. Habits: The Science of Behavior Change (Part 1)5. From Awareness to Action: Behavior Change (Part 2)7. Insomnia: Strategies to Stop Struggling with Sleep with Dr. Alisha Brosse37. Post-Traumatic Growth42. Strategies to Increase Focus and Work More Effectively43. Willpower With Dr. Kelly McGonigal44. Anxiety Happens with Dr. John Forsyth52. Palliative Care and Healing with Dr. Michael Kearney59. Zzzzzz…The Science of Sleep62. Language, Suffering, and Meaning with Dr. Matthieu Villatte77. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Dr. Jill Stoddard (now our fabulous co-hosts!)116. Building a Meaningful, Values-based Life with Dr. Jenna LeJeune117. Bearing Unbearable Loss: A conversation About Grief with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore118. Moral Injury and Shame with Dr. Lauren Borges and Dr. Jacob Farnsworth124. Nutritious Movement and Why it Matters with Katy Bowman131. COVID-19 Anxiety, Cultivating Safeness, and Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges132. The Joy Of Movement With Dr. Kelly McGonigal 133. Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19 with Dr. Robyn Walser134. What to do When Work, Parenting, and Partnership Collide During Quarantine138. Exploring Existence and Purpose: Existentialism with Dr. Robyn Walser146. Parental Burnout with Lisa Coyne149. How Not Lose It with Your Kids with Dr. Carla Naumburg152. Helping the helpers with Dr. Susan David155. Mindfulness and Recovery with Dr. Rebecca Williams159. Challenging Times During Adolescence with Dr. Louise Hayes160. Schooling at Home, Pandemic Pods, And Socially Just Parenting With Jen LumanlanDiana (left) and Debbie (right) find a moment for connection while recording this Pandemic Stress episode.Thank you for joining us on this episode of Psychologists Off The Clock.Like what you’re hearing? Support us on Patreon.We appreciate your feedback. Please take a moment to leave a quick rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts. It helps us spread the word to more folks like you!Subscribe for free where you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Deezer, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, PandoraPlease note the information on Psychologists Off The Clock is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for psychological or medical care. If you are looking for professional help, visit our resources page for guidance on how to find a therapist. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1.