With so much uncertainty in recent weeks (and in the future), some families are feeling stressed and vulnerable. News feeds, events being canceled, plans on hold, toilet paper fiasco and the fear of school closure, it is normal to be concerned. During this difficult period, find the time to take care of yourself and your kids. Here are some suggestions for you and your family.
Recognizing and managing family angst – Kids pick up on our anxiety, so please remember to manage your own feelings first. Deep breaths, challenge negative thoughts/feelings, exercise, reach out or do whatever calms you.
Prayer, meditation and humour – Remember that all is well deep within you and you have the resources and ability to manage moment by moment. Close your eyes and take a moment to think about your happy place. You can visit this anytime, encourage your kids to do the same. Remember the power of laughter and humour to lift your mood – try this list of funny movies and list of silly movies/memes.
Stay active and keep moving – Dance, music and exercise help with our feel-good endorphins. Follow along with YouTube exercise videos, play hide and seek or create an obstacle course at home. Create your own mood play lists on Spotify for you and the family.
Maintain healthy habits – Aside from the basics of washing hands and covering coughs, eat well, get the rest you need and keep normal routines where possible. Try to limit your exposure to the digital information frenzy about the virus as it can add to the hype. Keep informed by the recommended government sites, such as: https://www.health.gov.au/ and https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
Apps for kids and families for peace, yoga, gratitude