Donna, a widowed college professor who lives alone, has been self-isolating for weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus. She says that although she is teaching online and has her dogs for company, she is beginning to get depressed and feels like she’s losing her sense of purpose.

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“You’ve got to start getting active – getting busy – and find a project,” Dr. Phil advises Donna in the video above. “Choose something that you can put on a timeline - and hold yourself accountable.”

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Other tips from Dr. Phil include, checking in with others who may also be socially isolating and taking the time to list 20 blessings each day in order to focus on what you do have instead of what you don’t.

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