COVID-19 Guidance and Support
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has changed the way we think and feel about the world around us. Parents are worried and our children are scared because their parents are worried. Please know that your child's safety, and the safety of others, is my main concern thus I support the closure of schools. I know this has created financial hardships and personal sacrifices for many, if not all, our families. I empathize with you and would like you to know I am here for you and your child(ren). Should you feel the need for additional support during this time, please feel free to contact me (see my contact information on my staff page). I am also including one of my favorite websites for information for kids and parents - and of course it now includes information on how to talk to kids about the Coronavirus. Here ya go: Kids Health
Another informative website from the National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about Covid-19
Here's a book explaining the Coronavirus for kids ages 7 and under: Covibook You can print this out as it is an activity book too!
Here is are some ways to take care of yourself from Mental Health First Aid:
- Eat healthfully to keep your body in top working order.
- Exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, whether we’re working out at home or taking a solo jog around the neighborhood.
- Practice relaxation therapy. Focusing on tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.
- Let light in. For some people, increased exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the shades and let more sunlight in.
- Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.
- Stay connected. Even if you can’t get together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks. Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time together.
- Monitor media consumption. While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or listening to music.
Self-care doesn’t require you to go outside or spend a lot of money. Adding small changes to your routine can make a big difference to your overall mood and well-being.
From me: One of the most important things for parents to remember is to not talk about your own fears in front of your children. Children need to know their parents are going to keep them safe and provide for them and hearing; your fear will only add to their own sense of insecurity. Also, make sure you are not watching/listening to the news with your children present...even if they seem to not be paying attention, they are. Trust me!