Tips for coping with the stress of COVID-19
Take breaks from reading or listening to news stories related to this pandemic.
Eat nutritious foods and exercise, get plenty of rest. Don’t underestimate the power of a walk outside and good nutrition.
Lean on your support system, reach out to family and friends virtually to stay connected.
Take time to recharge and do things that you enjoy.
Take deep breaths or meditate. Take time to learn relaxation techniques that will help to manage stress.
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment via telemental health.
How to support your children
The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring major changes to be made in our lives. Some children (and even adults) have difficulty coping with changes. When children and teens are stressed, they often look to their parents to see how they are responding. When parents and caregivers deal with this crisis calmly and confidently, their children are more likely to do the same. By managing our own stress, we as parents can have a positive impact on our children during this unprecedented time and lessen their stress.
Be aware of changes in your children. Children and teens respond to stress differently but some common changes are:
There are many things you can do to support your child:
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