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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Feelings of isolation at any time can be overwhelming. Add in a global pandemic and the holiday season, and feelings of isolation can be more common and powerful than ever. 
Due to COVID-19, this holiday season will look different. Many will have to miss out on the usual holiday gatherings and parties and stay at home this year. So, how can you stay safe and at home and still connect with your loved ones?
Video conferencing applications have become more popular than ever this year. While a video chat isn’t the same as seeing someone in person, it can help to alleviate feelings of isolation while you’re stuck at home. Gather a group of friends together via video conference and catch up. You can even enjoy a meal together or play holiday games (all virtually!).
If there was ever a perfect time to bring back the tradition of sending snail mail now is the time. Send out a holiday card to your loved ones. Play a game of secret Santa with your friends via the postal service. Or, send a loved one a gift certificate to a local spot to both help support small businesses and bring some holiday cheer to a friend.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a pet, this could be the perfect opportunity. Not only can you save a local shelter animal, you can also find a new form of companionship. However, be sure to consider all of the pros and cons before you adopt; adopting a pet should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision. If you get a puppy or kitten, you can use your extra time at home as the perfect opportunity to potty train them. 
Spending time outdoors is also another great way to alleviate feelings of isolation while also staying socially distant. Take a walk at your local park or just go for a stroll around your neighborhood. The vitamin D from the sunshine, the fresh air, and a little bit of exercise will all do wonders for your mood.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your feelings of isolation, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from the psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA. We know that times are tough, and we are here to help!