COVID-19 Resources and Emotional Wellness Tips
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.
For specific guidelines on how to help your family through the concerns and anxieties related to COVID-19, please take a moment to read Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
Please use these below useful CBSD links for a plethora of useful information:
Student Self-Care Tips for Virtual Learning:
- Have a dedicated workspace - Having a designated workspace signals to your brain that it is time to work on assignments and then time to end schoolwork when you leave this area. This does not need to be an entire room, this can be an area of a room where your materials stay.
- Set "school hours" - It is easy to get distracted when school takes place at home. Set a time everyday that you will dedicate to your assignments.
- Take breaks during your day - Make sure to step away from your school work. Make time for movement, mindfulness and healthy activities. Your brain needs time to relax and recharge.
- Practice healthy activities - Team together with those in your home to try new games, projects or activities.
- Check in with positive friends & others - Reach out to someone each day to have a non-school related conversation.
Social Emotional Wellness Activities
There are three small actions, when repeated daily over the course of one month that can have a lasting positive impact on mental health. The Mayo Clinic Health System created a free virtual program called Discover Gratitude. We encourage you to watch the video linked below, and try the 30 day challenge:
Mindfulness can be a helpful tool in coping with stress. Please check out the link below for more information.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard Parent Positive session last week, we highly recommend you watch it! It was recorded and posted on the CB website: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/58976.
Dr. Dahlsgaard provides real and practical strategies to help manage the anxiety of this pandemic. Her message is brimming with hope. She starts her presentation with one “big idea”, and then offers three practical (smaller) ideas that stem from that one “big idea”. Her big idea is that in order to maintain your psychological health during this incredibly stressful time, that we all commit to act with as much human virtue as humanly possible. This is the time to act with as much kindness, generosity, fairness, humor, patience, compassion, and conscientiousness as possible. When in doubt, when you are unsure about what virtue to choose, choose bravery. Bravery is not functioning without fear, it is functioning despite fear. It is action over anxiety. You are all functioning all day every day despite fear! She shared that simply getting through the day with a modicum of competence counts as being brave. Let’s all give each other a break, but most importantly, give yourself a break…these are extraordinary times! Chronic stress exhausts us all; one of the best things you can do for mental health and mood stability is to get plenty of sleep. Hopefully this distance learning model is allowing our students to catch up on their sleep. Do not underestimate the power that this very simple thing can have on your well-being. For more of Dr. Dahlsgaard’s nuggets of wisdom, watch her presentation!
Let's respond to this global crisis with a sense of purpose and meaning. Take a small action each day that can make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
70 Activities for teens to partipate while at home
April 24, 2020
Tips to take care of your mental health in times of uncertainty:
April 10, 2020
Self-care is more important now than ever. Please see the document below for strategies that parents and students can employ to reduce symptoms of stress & anxiety.
April 3, 2020
The world is in crisis. Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind.
This Active Coping Calendar has daily actions for April 2020 to help us look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together. We hope that you find these tips helpful.