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Help for the Holidays
A quick peek at social media and it’s clear that some parents are feeling stressed out. It’s a good reminder for all of us that people handle fear and uncertainty in different ways. Be gentle with yourself- and others- in the days ahead.
Some tips for approaching the holiday season:
1. Be mindful. Slow everything down to the present moment and observe your thoughts. Your thoughts create your experience.
2. Breathe. Activate your body’s rest and relax response by filling your lungs with oxygen.
3. Move your body. Go for a brisk walk, stretch or do yoga. Gyms & studios may need to change schedules, so plan ways to exercise at home.
4. Take care of yourself. You can boost your immunity with nourishing food, vitamins, a good night’s sleep and by managing your stress. What nourishes you? A walk in the woods, curling up with a good book, music, exercise? Do all the things.
5. Unplug. Turn off the TV, get off the internet. Give your mind and senses a break. Model for your kids and get creative about how you spend downtime together on distance learning days.
6. Establish a rhythm. Kids feel safe and secure when there is a dependable rhythm and routine to their days. Take some time to plan for next week: meal times, simple chores, time for studying or reading, a fun activity, set time for electronics. Plan together and get your child’s input.
7. Communicate. Talk to kids and give them time to ask questions about what’s going on. If you’re working, be sure they know the schedule (who will be taking care of them, what time will you be home, etc.) And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone. Phone a friend to problem-solve, reach out to others if you need help. It’s recommended to isolate, but we are not actually isolated. Our community will continue to have resources to help our neighbors (some are listed on sidebar).
Hang in there! You’ve got this…and your community is here to support you. Click on the links on the sidebar for the latest COVID facts and information, how to get tested at the Community Health Centers’ local drive-thru testing sites, and how to find help with household expenses, food and gifts this holiday season.