Now more than ever our kids are spending enormous amounts of time online.
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Helpful hints when talking about Coronavirus to your kids
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Create a consistent routine
Consistency helps individuals have control over their situation, it helps maintain healthy habits & allows people to know what to expect.
Avoid sleeping all day & staying up all night; this make going back to school much harder
Build in free time so that students can relax and connect with friends online or via their phones
Spend time together -Play board games together, eat toghether, do a puzzle together.
Be available to your student
Make sure your kids know that they can come to you with questions or cocerns. If you are still working or working from home, let them know when you are physically available for them to talk to you. Kids know when you are not engaged - make it a practice to let your kids know that they have your undivided attention, tv off, computer shut down, phone away.
Kids will feed off of your energy and emotions. Let your kids know that while you may have some questions and concerns we can focus on what we do know. Practicing the health and safety recommendations will help reduce the risk of illness, help students to focus on prevention. Having regular check ins with your kids to see how they are feeling physically and emotioally helps them know that you are staying proactive.
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Please don’t overdose on hype or worry or misinformation. I get some regular updates from credible sources in the morning and check again briefly toward the end of the day. There’s no need to stay tuned in 24/7 — it can actually make your anxiety much, much worse.
Take practical steps to lessen risk of catching the new coronavirus
Three healthy, sensible steps we can all take:
Avoid unnecessary travel and crowds.
Wash your hands often with soap and water (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) for 20 seconds (see video).
Keep your hands away from your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Many people infected by the coronavirus develop symptoms like a fever and dry cough during the incubation period. However, some people may not seem symptomatic. The virus can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Viral droplets that travel several feet through the air may be breathed in or — much more likely — may land on surfaces that other people touch, such as a door handle or elevator button.
We do have to be careful and cautious. But once we adopt key precautionary measures, we can take a deep breath and do our best to calm ourselves. It’s not necessary or helpful to be on high alert all the time. This will wear you down emotionally and physically. So try to adjust your level of alertness to your immediate surroundings. Then once you come home, wash your hands really well and find ways to relax and feel safe. Safety is a basic need for all of us.
How can you relax despite coronavirus worries?
Here are some tried and true ways to relax:
Yoga. Not a yoga person? No need to start now unless you’d like to try it. Sometimes trying new things and discovering new activities you can benefit from and enjoy can be a welcome, healthy distraction. Yoga Studio and Pocket Yoga are good apps to consider
Meditation. Regular meditation is very calming. Many apps teach simple forms of meditation, such as Headspace or Calm.
Controlled breathing. One simple technique is called square breathing. Visualize your breath traveling along a square. As you follow the instructions to inhale, hold your breath, or exhale, count slowly to three on each side. Try it now. Inhale up the first side of the square. Slowly count one, two, three. Hold your breath across the top. One, two, three. Exhale down the other side of the square. One, two, three. Then hold your breath across the bottom. One, two, three. After a few minutes of this you should be feeling calmer and more centered.
Tap into other ways you like to relax, too. Maybe you like reading a good book or watching a good comedy. Eat the familiar foods that you always enjoy. Stay in contact with your friends and loved ones. Reaching out can help you and help them.
We’re all on this journey together. News about the virus will likely grow worse, then grow better. Listen to public health experts who can help us navigate the path ahead. Take sensible steps that can help us all: get your bearings, practice good hygiene, use calming strategies that work for you — and maybe try something new. Making healthy, reasonable choices about what to do and what not to do will make a big difference in being able to stay as safe and as well as possible.
For more information about the new coronavirus, please see Harvard Health Publishing’s Coronavirus Resource Center
Please read the following article
from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in Uncertain Times
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