We’re at Home… Now What?
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Every day, we deal with stress; but lately, it seems that stress is ever rising. While most can adequately deal with life’s stressors, in times of crisis, such as we are facing in the world today, many may find they struggle with their mental health.
Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with messages of fear, panic, and news of an ever-growing pandemic. So what can we do to help maintain our sanity and mental health during these uncertain times? First of all… breathe.
It’s important to remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation. It’s important to continue to maintain interactions with friends and family members, to stay connected. This is especially important to help children remain connected with friends and family members. Consider phone calls, or even better, video calls, such as Skype or FaceTime.
To avoid increasing fear and anxiety, it’s important to remember to limit your and your children’s time spent watching TV or on the internet – two places bombarded with stories about the pandemic.
Instead, find other activities that you can safely enjoy together, such as reading a book or playing a board game. It’s important for children to keep their normal routines, even while home all day. Routines can hep with feelings of calm and normalcy during times of stress.
Meditation and deep breathing are both excellent ways to help calm a restless mind and calm yourself. Check out last month’s blog post for a sample meditation that you can practice with your children.
It’s also important to maintain your spiritual practices during these times as well. Many houses of worship have moved to providing their services virtually, to keep their members or congregations engaged.
Many have taken to tackling their spring-cleaning list, binge-watching their favorite shows with their family, or stepping outside and getting some fresh air or exercise.
Many have also taken to learning opportunities through free online courses for adults, or various learning resources for children such as Scholastic Learn at Home, and Khan Academy Kids, to keep children engaged and learning, even while schools are closed.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever you decide to do during this time, it’s important to reach out for help when you need it, and to reach for a little happiness and laughter to keep your spirits up.