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  • Lynn Miner-Rosen

VIRUS–NO SCHOOL–LIVING BACK HOME–oh my!


Last week was one of the best and worst weeks for me as a coach. I have been coaching for over 9 years, but this was the first time I really, really worried for every one of my clients. During the last year I have been busier than ever with clients and I am very fortunate to do what I do. I absolutely love all of my clients.

Let me rewind a little bit. Last week actually started off in the best way possible, with amazing compliments from my clients. I was smiling all week at all the amazing successes that my clients are having. Seeing my college student and adult clients so proud of themselves make me so happy. These are a few of the things that I heard….

“It was a difficult week, but I did it! Thank you so much for all of your guidance. The accommodations that I got in college, with your advice, have helped me so much. I wish I did it sooner!”

“OMG, I called my mom and said ‘mom, I got an 80- on my biology test!’ I have NEVER gotten higher than a 65 in any science class since middle school. I am soooo happy!”

“My overall grades for the semester are a B – I am really happy. Thank you for all of your help this semester.”

“I went to an interview and did what you said and handed my interviewer my printed resume in an envelope. The gentleman interviewing me was so impressed…and he turned out to be the president of the company. I think I got the job!”

“So how was your first coaching session, on a scale from 1 to 10?” “Wow! I had no idea how coaching could help. A 10!”

“I feel amazing right now. I have completely and entirely finished my homework and projects. Thank you so much for helping me”


Then…

I will never forget the first call I got from my client who studies mechanical engineering at a major college in the Midwest. He said “it is panic here. No one knows what to do. We have to pack up and move out by the end of the week. This is so terrible. I was doing so well. I was all caught up on school, I was working out at the gym and eating healthy. I just took three midterms and did really well. I love being at school. How are we going to do our lab work?”

Then another...

“School is closed until the end of the semester. Everyone has to pack up and move by Wednesday. So many of our friends are graduating this year and they will not have a graduation. We just held a “mock” graduation ceremony for them in the woods near school. It is so sad. I don’t know when I will see my friends again.”

and another...

“Wow, we have to all go home and I don’t know when we will be back. What about my summer internship? I wonder if it is still on. How am I going to create 3D models from home? " and another...

“All students have to go home. I don’t want to leave my car here and I don’t want to go on an airplane, so I am driving home” (He is driving home alone, a 30-hour drive)


And on and on. My heart is breaking with worry.

- How will they do with online courses?

- How will they be taking care of their health, body and fitness?

- How will their ADHD symptoms affect them?


As you probably know, typical ADHD challenges are magnified in times of high anxiety. But the way we have to live in the near future will have many challenges!

- Relationships with parents (who are super stressed and might get sick)

- Keeping up with your routines

- Getting and taking the medication you need – every day

- Doing your homework and assignments

- Not becoming reclusive in your house

- Being able to manage time and online school work

- Staying close to friends via FaceTime, Zoom or other

- Worrying about family and friends, causing more anxiety

- Dealing with the CHANGE/transitions from situation to situation can take time.

So, here are some of my tips for my current clients, their families and anyone else who needs support at this time.

First, everyone needs to take care of their health! Physical and mental!

- No more physical contact with anyone, please.