Tips for Well-Being during COVID-19
TIPS for Physical, Emotional, and Social Well-Being during COVID-19
During this unprecedented situation of schools being closed for an extended period of time there are few certainties.
The question on everyone’s mind is – For how long will our familiar routines be upended?
Everyone is experiencing this crisis at a different rhythm depending on personal experiences and circumstances.
What we know for sure is that to mitigate, we must collaborate. To collaborate, we must separate. We are one nation, under social distancing guidelines, trying to “flatten the curve.” Flattening the curve requires social distancing, washing our hands, often, and a reconsideration of the ways our hands interact with our face.
How can we better deal with the stress of this situation? Our community can only be as strong as our ability to support ourselves and each other, especially our children.
Talk to your Children/Students about these Coping Strategies for this new reality.
Consider the following to help relieve the stress and anxiety:
Maintain structure. A predictable schedule reduces a lot of stress since adults and children know what to expect or look forward to. Therefore, keep a daily routine as much as possible for schoolwork, chores, exercise, eating, socializing, bed time, etc.
Take a time-out. Stepping back from the situation helps clear your head.
Listen to music instead of watching the news, meditate, go for a walk, or learn relaxed breathing techniques. Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly. A longer exhale tells your brain to calm down.
Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary. The link below has more tips to reduce stress.
Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
Limit caffeine. which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. Tips for healthy sleep habits.
Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health
Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is the situation really as bad as you think? Remember, your brain can trick you into thinking catastrophic thoughts!
Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.
Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Watch comedies not dramas.
Volunteer or do kind acts. This can occur within the household or in your neighborhood or community. People who volunteer to help experience less depression.
Gratefulness. Try to look for the positive in this and other challenging situations.
Stay connected, communicate, and engage in purposeful activities. Communicate with family and friends via zoom, facetime, phone call, google hangouts during this time of physical distancing in order to maintain psychological closeness.
And most importantly stay as positive, healthy, and connected as possible.
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