Counselor's Corner

Stress and Emotional Well-Being

With the CoronaVirus safety precautions in place for our physical safety, we have to stay mentally healthy as well. Below is the information from the LA county for helping us cope with the mental load this is bringing upon us.  

Remember to ask yourself: “Is this really in my control?” We can only help our children stay calm, if we are calm. 

Stay positive, stick to the facts, limit news media consumption, and try to stay light and use self-care. When anyone has change or uncertainty this can create some levels of worry or anxiety. When this occurs, it is important to use positive coping strategies to manage those emotions. 

Here is a great link about stress and emotional well-being by LA County of Public Health:

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/CommunicableDisease-StrategiesForCoping.pdf

 

Talking to your kids about the virus:

Talking to your kids about the Corona virus and why we are staying home is very important. Please see the great link below for support :

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

A youtube video with Questions and Answers by kids and experts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSsKQPqpS7A&t=69s

And a read along comic for older kids explaining the virus: What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda

 

Maintaining mental health while at home:

  • Maintain a routine and structured environment
  • Eat healthfully
  • Get the right amount of sleep
  • Exercise! Dance! Keep it light and fun!--> You can find great exercise videos for kids on YOUTUBE as well as mindfulness guidance for kids too.  GONOODLE has a lot of great resources. Go on youtube and search: gonoodle, kids mindfulness, kids exercise, cosmic kids yoga, etc. 

 

Parent support articles: 

"Suddenly Homeschooling: A Message from a Veteran Homeschool Parent"

How Working Parents Can Prepare for Coronavirus Closures

If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction, and continue conversations and provide care for your child. 

***Please know that as much as I can, I will be available for counseling so please email me at ASTATMAN@emek.org to set up a time to talk. If your child needs to video call, I would love to see them!

 

 

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