Connecting with Family using the 5 Love Languages in a Pandemic

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When: Saturday, May 9th, 2020 @ 11:00 AM EST

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Guest: Jena Plummer, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC, MA of Little Seed Counseling, PLLC

The 5 Love Languages

Acts of Service:

Do you need anything? Is there anything I can send you? Can I take something off your plate?

Words of Affirmation:

This is a great time to use a few extra moments to sincerely tell your loved ones how you feel about them and what you love about them. Scribbling short little loves notes or taking a short video.

Gift Giving:

Buying something on Amazon, having it ‘wrapped” for an extra touch – buying mom or dad that thing that reminds you of them or the thing they have been talking about for years

Quality Time:

We live behind our phones and often get distracted by them. Spend some quality time with your loved ones FaceTiming or Zooming.

Physical Touch:

When we can’t physically touch we have to get creative. There is something called skin hunger – where we really miss the feeling of being embraced by another person. Something I have seen folks do is give themselves hugs simultaneously. A weighted blanket can simulate that feeling

Ways to Connect

  • Phone calls
  • FaceTime
  • “Words with Friends” or other games you can play together
  • Watch Netflix (together)
  • Seeing each other through the window
  • Snail Mail – it doesn’t have to just be pleasantries – remember they are feeling really lonely, so anything can be helpful.
  • Being consistent – picking a day and time gives them something to look forward to and provides consistency and structure (two things we need in a pandemic)

Things to Be Practice

Acceptance that this is not normal and that it will end.

Self-Care – it can be easy to focus on your loved one, however, if you aren’t taking care of yourself you are not going to be able to support them like you want to

  • You can’t pour from an empty cup

Jena Plummer, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC, MA

Jena is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, and National Certified Counselor. She obtained her master’s degree in counseling from Wake Forest University where she is now a practitioner instructor in the counseling department. She has completed Level I Gottman Training and uses this method in her work.

Jena works both in intensive inpatient residential treatment as well as in her private practice, Little Seed Counseling, PLLC, based out of Greensboro, NC. She enjoys working with individuals and couples and has special training and interest in working with trauma, addiction/codependency, and infertility.  Jena is trained in EMDR and uses this as a helping aid.

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