Mental Wellness Resources

Mental Wellness Resources

    • Turn down the noise – Give yourself a daily break from COVID-19 media coverage so you can decompress and process what is happening. Limit children’s exposure to news so that you choose what to share with them in a developmentally appropriate way.
    • Connect with friends and family – Maintaining our social relationships helps us focus on what is truly important and reminds us that we are not alone. Call a friend, or virtually connect with friends or family as a group.
    • Maintain a flexible routine – Having a routine is more important now than ever, since knowing what to expect provides a sense of normalcy and lessens anxiety; however, be flexible, as unexpected changes will likely arise. For children, writing the schedule down and showing schedule changes visually is a good way to provide structure and predictability.
    • Tend to your physical needs daily – Getting your body moving is a great way to keep your mind busy and relieve tension, so be sure to build this into your routine. Whether you run, hike, ride a bike, work-out at a gym, do yoga, explore nature or join virtual exercise classes, there are options for adults and kids during social distancing.
    • Offer yourself a little grace – Give yourself the gift of knowing that you are not perfect but you are trying your best. If you feel nervous or tense, try relaxation strategies like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization. Drawing, journaling, and listening to music are great stress-relieving options for kids.