Coping well with COVID-19

As we struggle to respond to the health issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, we need also to be able to support each other psychologically. Russ Harris has developed a response strategy he calls FACE COVID, using ACT theory and practice

You can access the full PDF file at this link. (Updated March 23 with better graphics.)

Here is what the acronym stands for:


How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap.

FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Here’s a quick summary of the key steps, and in the PDF we’ll explore them all in more depth:

  • F = Focus on what’s in your control
  • A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings
  • C = Come back into your body
  • E = Engage in what you’re doing

  • C = Committed action
  • O = Opening up
  • V = Values
  • I = Identify resources
  • D = Disinfect & distance
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